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  • Kanth, Jirijoonas (2016)
    The aim of this study is to find out through a case study what role football plays in the lives and acculturation processes of immigrant youth in Helsinki. The second aim is to investigate what factors influence the most to the youth's starting point of football and its' continuity. The concepts of acculturation and integration I will observe mainly based on the previous acculturation theories. I will study the influence of football as a tool into the acculturation processes through earlier studies about sport clubs and sports. Based on my own experience and bachelor thesis, my hypothesis is that football can help immigrant youth to acculturate into the new homeland due to football's transcultural and translinguistic nature. In my case study I interviewed two pair of immigrant brothers who play football. I knew both brothers before the study. I collected the data using focused interviews. I analysed the data using content analysis and actant analysis that is one form of narrative analysis. According to the results of my study, football clearly helped the brothers in their acculturation processes into Finland and Helsinki. The most football helped them to expand their social networks that helped them to get to know Finnish families and customs. They did not learn Finnish much through football, which was surprising and differed from the earlier studies. They learnt Finnish better with friends and in school. Success in football helped to improve their feeling of competence and self-esteem, especially according to the older pair of brothers. The younger pair of brothers felt extra pressure and stress to do well in football, because they were worried about their mom wasting her money into their hobby. The factors that influenced the most to the starting point and continuity of football were the economic and mental support of the family, the coach's and the team's support and flexibility for the immigrant family in the monthly costs, experienced success, and the approval of the team mates. The positive effects of football on acculturation cannot be taken for granted or automatically considered to be accomplished. It needs successful events and positive encounters. After bad experiences on and off the field, football might also create extra stress and pressure to the youth that might slow down and compromise the whole acculturation process.
  • Parikka, Jarno (2017)
    It can be challenging to combine studies and purposive sports training for a young athlete. However, education facilitates the transition to working life after the sporting career. The objective of this study is to explain the experiences of Finnish top level football players who combine a sporting career and simultaneous studies. In order to be able to research combining top level sport and studies at different levels of school, the development of a footballer to the highest level, should also be understood. For the purpose of the study, seven Finnish football players who have had successful football careers and who also have had varied study experiences, were interviewed. The data was collected using focused interviews. The phenomenographic method of analysis was used in order to analyze the collected data. The results of this study support the early engagement theory. Successful football players started their football career at a young age. They have always participated in high volumes of organized football training as well as participated extensively in non-organized or social football as well as personal football training throughout their career. The top level players were always very motivated with regards to their football training. They also received encouragement and pressure-free support from their families. There is no need for special arrangements when combining sports and studying in elementary school. However, football players who attended sports schools while in elementary school enjoyed having more sports in their curriculum. The sport high schools were excellent institutions for combining upper secondary education and studying in Finland. Purposive sports training and studies can be combined in normal high school as well, if school staff members have the desire to support young athletes. On the contrary, purposive sports training was difficult to combine with studies in the higher education institutions for football players. However, with high motivation as regards to studies, studying alongside a top level football career was possible. Athletes need support for combining a sports career and studies, especially after completing studies at the upper secondary level. The development of sport academies is important, so as to enable an increasing number of athletes to achieve success in fields of sport as well as studies in the future.
  • Neuvonen, Petteri (2020)
    Football club activities play an important role in the physical education of Finnish children. The educational impacts of the activities depend largely on the club’s guidelines and the coaches’ educational skills. The role of the coach as an educator is unavoidable, as sports creates educational situations where it is possible to influence children’s actions and thinking directly or through their parents. The research assignment of this study is to describe the views of football coaches involved in childhood sports on their role in children’s physical education. The objective is to research how children’s coaches view their role as an educator, and the factors influencing their role in the football club. The study was carried out as a qualitative case study, in which the research material consisted of semi-structured thematic interviews with five children’s football coaches. Two full-time and two part-time coaches, and one volunteer coach from different football clubs in the Helsinki metropolitan area were selected for interview by quota sampling. The analysis of the material was carried out using theory-guided content analysis, where the coaches' views on the research topic were described. The coaches described that their role is significant as part of children’s physical education. With their actions, the coaches offered a role model to children, for instance in behavior and attitude to competition. Enjoying football was raised as the most important educational goal. Collaboration with children’s parents and members of the coaching staff influenced the role of the coach as an educator. The clubs guided the coaches in different ways and team sizes defined by the clubs impacted the role of the coaches. Based on the literature and my research, a competent coach enables high-quality physical education in football clubs. The skills of coaches should be developed and means to do so should be further studied. Based on the research, it can be recommended that clubs use team sizes small enough to allow the coach to consider children’s individual needs.