Every club should have an anti-dropout policy that creates awareness of the factors associated with dropout and that actively strives to prevent dropout. Every clubs should be encouraged to use the health potential of their particular sport. Every youngster should be an ambassador for participation and continued engagement in sport and physical activity.
Actions for coaches/trainers
- Learn about strategies / best practices, implement strategies on how to keep youngsters involved in sport.
- Inform yourself on dropout factors and be aware.
- Talk to your youngsters about dropout and show interest in their opinions.
Actions for clubs
- Monitor the reasons of dropout and take countermeasures.
- Clubs need to tailor their coaching policy to ensure the youngster is at the centre of their focus 100% of the time and to create the right environment to ensure retention.
- Promote the club dropout policies through direct (e.g. information and experimental sessions) and indirect (e.g. social media) methods.
Card Games Keep Youngsters Involved
The most important tool in the toolkit are the card games, developed for the Erasmus+ Sport project Keep Youngsters Involved.
These card games help you to get to know more about how to implement actions in the sport club to keep youngsters (12-19 year) involved and prevent them from dropout.
The different card games can help professionals who work with youngsters in sport, young adults and sport clubs how to improve their policy on youth, and help by creating a sport club action plan.
In total there are 169 action cards. For every factor you can choose a variety of cards. You can choose the cards and print* them in colour to be able to use them. Cut them out and they are ready to be used.
* best printer settings: choose page sizing ‘fit’
There are 3 different cards games:
- Card game 1: Choose your cards
- Card game 2: Roleplay Keep Youngsters Involved
- Card game 3: Go Fish
Quick scan Y-score for sports clubs
How youth-oriented is your sports club? In other words, is your club accessible and attractive to young members? Does the club give enough consideration to the wishes, needs and possibilities of the various groups of young people? And especially, how can this be improved?
The Y-score answers these questions. It is an instrument that quickly and easily gives insight into how youth-oriented your club is. It helps you to look at your club through a young person’s ‘pair of glasses’.