Municipal councils hand out over a billion SEK in subsidies to sports clubs. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/Scanpix

Councils ready to cut funding for children's sport teams that select by ability

A survey by Swedish Television News shows that many councils are ready to cut their subsidies for children's sports associations that divide up children by ability.

Of Sweden's 290 local municipality chairpersons, 219 responded to the SVT survey. And a majority, around 130, say that the sports clubs that focus intensively on a selected few children should not get any taxpayers' money.

Councillor Gunnar Canslätt, representing the Christian Democrats in Hudiksvall municipality, says that up to the age of 12 children's participation in sports should be about playing for its own sake.

Sports doctor Klas Östberg says that "it is completely crazy" and that there is no proof that focusing on selected children early gives results, and that it is a waste of time.

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