A day for children on the move

On Saturday September 10th there will be a major new activity day with Change the Game, based on this year’s theme – ”Right to get moving”.

Being physically literate* is just as important as being able to read, write and count. We also believe in the principle that children and young people should be able to try different activities and develop at their own pace and on their own terms. Our goal is to get as many as possible to feel motivated and have the opportunity to be active. As many as possible for as long as possible!

Children and young people will get the chance to try new forms of exercise alongside some of our greatest sports stars. At the same time parents and coaches can listen to the latest research into sports for children and young people presented live by leading researchers and experts. In other words it will be fun and educational, both on and off the track!

Date 10th September
Time 10.00–16.00
Place Nolia Sports Centre in Umeå

Who can take part? All children and young people are welcome, regardless of whether they are complete beginners or already active in sports. In addition parents, coaches and other interested parties are invited to take part in our ‘Pep Talk’ seminars held throughout the day. Taking part in Change the Game is totally free for everyone.

*Physical literacy: To appreciate and develop a life-long interest in physical activity through motivation, confidence, knowledge, understanding and physical competence.

Star Raiders
Try-it-out activities
More activities

Star Raiders

Children aged 7–12 will be given the chance to make their way through an activity course adjusted to their specific ages called Star Raiders. Exercises are designed to be a fun way to challenge and test their all-round skills in combination with various sport-specific elements.

This year the course features new exercises and will be rotational, with shorter and more intense sessions. Each session takes approximately 20 minutes.


Place The Athletics Hall

Star Raiders is being led by Johan Andreasson (SISU idrottsutbildarna), who will be ably assisted by well-known guest coaches.

Try-it-out activities

Many of the sports associations that are backing Change the Game will hold a series of free activities in the football hall, where children and young people will get the chance to try for themselves how to play with various balls and rackets, as well as take part in other fun challenges.

  • Björklöven – goal keeping, technique course and shooting
  • IBK Dalen & IKSU Innebandy – various mini games
  • Umeå Bskt – ball trick, shooting challenges & DJ
  • Umeå FC – bungee run
  • UHSK Alpine & Tärna IK Fjällvinden – hunter’s rest, ski simulator, stilts & slack line
  • Umeå IK fotboll – harres test & keepy-ups
  • IFK Umeå Skidor – ski-pole machine
  • Björkstaden Aikidoklubb – aikido on the mat
  • Gimonäs Umeå IF, IFK Umeå, Sävar IK and Ersmark IK – mini handball
  • IFK Umeå Badminton – Tivoli station & competition
  • Obbola IK Cykel – cycling outdoors
  • Svenska parasportförbundet / Västerbottens parasportförbund – parashooting, wheelchair floorball, floorball (U class), wheelchair street basket & race running
  • Umeå Brottning – wrestling games, techniques, functional training and fight game
  • Umeå Budoklubb – ju-jutsu kai & brazilian jiu-jitsu
  • Umeå Gymnastikförening – trampette & long mat
  • Umeå Shotokan karate – karate
  • Umeå Tennisklubb – soft tennis
  • Västerbottens Idrottsförbund (Streetsports) – basket, parkour, skate frisbeegolf, parasport, climbing, table tennis, adventure golf & football tennis

Try-it-out activities

Pep talks

Ola SvenssonKajsa BergqvistThis year we’re arranging a series of mini seminars that in different ways are designed to inspire parents and coaches to make it even more fun for children to engage in sports and become physically active. Leading sports researchers and experts will share their exciting experiences, insights and techniques, with some of Sweden’s top sporting stars taking part. All pep talks are open to the public.

The principle theme is ‘Increasing Our Children’s Physical Literacy’ through developing motivation, capability and possibilities to be physically active. Seminars will alternate between questions from the public and conversations with the panel made up of sporting stars, leading researchers and experts.

Moderators Kajsa Bergqvist and Ola Svensson (SISU idrottsutbildarna).
Place The Football Hall

Pep-talk 1 – kl 10.15Maja BergkvistPer Höglund

How coaches can increase children’s enjoyment of sports and physical activity.
Per Höglund (Chairman of Sävar IK and a Researcher at Umeå University) together with Maja Bergkvist (SISU-educator at Empowering Coaching) will talk about SISU’s new coaching program, “Empowering Coaching”, that has been developed by the University of Birmingham under the management of Professor Joan Duda.

Coaches will get hands-on tips on how to increase children’s enjoyment of sports (for life) and how to minimise the risk of them quitting sport. And best of all? The course and tips have been scientifically proven to work!

Panel members: Johan Fallby (Sports Psychologist, author, FC Köpenhamn) and Jan-Erik Romar (sports researcher at Umeå University’s School of Sporting Sciences)

Pep-talk 2 – kl 10.45Per ElofssonInger EliassonJohan Fallby

How parents can influence a child’s motivation to get moving and take up sport.
Johan Fallby gives useful and often thought-provoking tips to parents on motivating their children. Johan is a sports psychologist advisor and previously competed in table tennis at national level. After, among other things, being responsible for sports psychology at the Swedish Football Association for 10 years, Johan now works for FC Köpenhamn Football Association. In his celebrated book “Do It Better Then If You Can!” he discusses the role of parents and explores questions such as: “what really motivates a child?”, “when must a child choose a sport” and “should parents get involved”?

Panel Members: Inger Eliasson (Sports Researcher at Umeå University’s School of Sporting Sciences) and Per Elofsson (3-time world champion, ‘bragdguld’ 2001 and winner of TV show Mästarnas mästare in 2009).

Pep-talk 3 – kl 11.15Inger EliassonDean Kriellaars

How we can get children moving.
World leading expert Dean Kriellaars discusses physical literacy and why it is the key to physical, social and psychological health and the desire to take part in sport and improve performance. Dean will share some of his valuable and practical tips on how parents and coaches can increase a child’s ability and motivation to get active.

Panel members: Inger Eliasson (Sports Researcher at Umeå University’s School of Sporting Sciences)

Pep-talk 4 – kl 13.00Maria SvenssonAnna Iwarsson

The importance of active children.
Anna Iwarsson describes one of the biggest threats to mankind – physical inactivity. Anna is an author and opinion leader and has written the acclaimed report ‘Sitting is the new Smoking’. Anna is chairperson of the Swedish Gymnastics Association and a board member of the Swedish Sports Confederation. Maria Svensson from GUIF will also share her experience of their new training models in which GUIF has increased all-round training for children starting out playing handball. This model can potentially inspire other sporting disciplines to embrace the concept of all-round training.

Pep-talk 5 – kl 13.30Åke HuitfeldtStina Hildingsson

How we succeeded with integration in child and youth sports.

Stina Hildingsson from Korpen Umeå discusses their hugely successful integration and inclusion project. Stina is responsible for public health projects, development work and group training.

Åke Huitfeldt, a sports and health teacher, references his own research to give concrete tips on how best to manage young people’s first experiences of sports in school.

Pep-talk 6 – kl 14.00Åke HuitfeldtKalle Zackari-Wahlström

Let’s get our children and young people active!

Kalle Zackari-Wahlström gives his views on training and how we should motivate children and young people to be more physically active.

Panel members: Åke Huitfeldt, sports and health teacher, awarded the title of ’Sports Teacher of the Year 2010’.

Pep-talk 7 – kl 15.00Hanna LjungbergPeter BrusvikTor Söderström

Steps we need to take so that everyone has the same chance to participate and develop!

Peter Brusvik, from the Swedish Football Association discusses why they have decided to stop appointing winners in leagues and tournaments for children under the age of thirteen.

Coaches and parents will also receive advice on when a child should start specialising in sport from Tor Söderström, Professor/Director at Umeå University’s School of Sporting Sciences, who has conducted a number of studies of Swedish football.

Panel members: Hanna Ljungberg (World Cup silver medallist 2001 and winner of the Diamond Ball 2004).

Pep talk special

Dean KriellaarsA more in-depth pep talk with Dr Dean Kriellaars from Canada who will address those who already have a basic knowledge of all-round training and who are open to adopting new methods to develop their mentees, team or association. Dean will discuss the concept of physical literacy, why it is so important and give valuable tips on how it can be implemented in an association so that ultimately children and young people become more active longer, feel healthier and perform better.
Saturday, 10/9 12.00–13.00
Please Note: Limited places available. Registration required.
Price: 100 kr (includes lunch)
Register at: changethegameumea.se/dean/

Mini-ÅFT – kl 14.30

Dean KriellaarsJohan AndreassonAn exclusive opportunity for coaches from all sports to get a brief introduction to age adapted physical training. Participants will be taken through a rotation of the Star Raiders obstacle course with head coach (and ÅFT instructor) Johan Andreasson and Dean Kriellaars (all the way from Canada and a world leading expert in how to encourage children to get more active). They’ll describe the principles behind each exercise and why they offer such good training and most of all are fun for children. In just 20 minutes participants will get a unique opportunity to see for themselves how to make physical training fun and healthy for children.

This ‘mini-ÅFT’ is also an exclusive insight into SISU’s popular course ”åldersanpassad fysisk träning” (ÅFT or age-appropriate physical training) that has been attended by around 500 coaches in Västerbotten since it started in 2014. A guaranteed ‘kick’ for all those involved in sporting activities!
Saturday 10/9 14.30–14.50. Limited places (50)

Register at: changethegameumea.se/mini-aft2016


More activities

“Ask the Doctor”
Put your questions about training and sports-related injuries to Per Jonsson, a registered physiotherapist at the Orthopaedic Clinic VLL and Umeå University’s School of Sporting Sciences. Also known from SVT’s ‘Ask the Doctor’ TV show. Per will be on hand to offer advice to parents and coaches throughout the day. You’ll find him at Umeå University’s stand in the football hall.

Experience our ‘activity quiz course’
Throughout the day you can participate in our ’activity quiz course’ designed for children and adults. The course is made up of different ’experience stations’ which challenge participants in various different ways. The course is designed so that it can be advantageous for adults and children to take on the course together! Everyone who completes it will get a chance to win some great prizes.
Quiz sheets are available at the VK and SISU stands and from the information desk.

Language Assistants
Thanks to Vän i Umeå there will be ‘language assistants’ on hand at the Information stand at the centre of the football hall. More information coming soon regarding which languages they will be able to assist visitors with.


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