“Now, all our high-performing pupils at upper secondary school sports programmes can stay in the region and engage in elite sports while studying at the University of Gävle,” says Fredrik Hellström, head of Department of Public Health and Sports Science at the University of Gävle.
Fredrik Hellström emphasises that it is important for students who pursue a career in elite sports to be able to combine this career with university-level studies to ensure that they have a profession when the elite sporting career ends.
“As we have a Sports Science programme, we have the skills necessary to support our students in training expertise, coaching and leadership.”
More medals in the future
To strengthen the international competitiveness of Swedish sports, athletes need a successful combination of the elite sporting career with university-level studies. The transition to a ‘civilian’ career in the future will in this way become smoother, and, at the same time, the sport performance can potentially improve, the Swedish Sports Confederation writes in their press release.
“The fact that more individuals are now given the opportunity to combine elite-level sports with university-level studies will generate more Swedish medals as well as more elite athletes who are successful even after their sporting career ends,” says Peter Mattsson, Director of Sport at the Swedish Sports Confederation.
Before today, the Swedish Sports Confederation had appointed eight Swedish National Sports Universities (RIUs) and ten Elite Sports-Friendly Universities (EVLs).