Many sports clubs in Sweden are apparently violating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Children, by offering elite training programs to kids under the age of 13.
Tomas Peterson, professor in Sports Science, tells the Swedish Radio program Kaliber that every child should have the right to take part in sports as they want. But, he says, “elite level sports for children can only go wrong”.
Kaliber asked 300 of Sweden’s largest sports clubs if they offer elite level training programs for young people. Of the 161 who answered, one in four said they did.
Previously in its series on sports and children, Kaliber spoke to young people who suffered long-term injuries because they trained too hard at too young an age.