In Table 1 it appears that fewer than eight percent came from outside the counties of Innlandet and Oslo/Akershus, while the origins of the young leaders were more varied – in line with the aim that this should be a programme for youth in the whole country. Some 33 percent came from elsewhere in Norway. Regarding motives (Table 6), being able to put this on their CVs and using the Youth Olympic Games to learn were highly valued among the young leaders. The statement “It is good to have a certificate that I have worked as a volunteer” was valued at 6.33. Compared with what all volunteers have answered on the same statement (5.53, see Table 6), we infer that these participants volunteered based on the idea that this would benefit them in the future. This is confirmed by the higher than average score (6.00) on the statement “As a volunteer, I learn something through practical experience.” The same goes for “I can get contacts that can help me in occupational life,” which the young leaders gave more importance (5.25) than the average in the survey (4.1). Table 17 shows young leaders’ backgrounds in organised sports. Table 17: Young leaders’ experience of sport. Recreational athlete Coach Leader in a sports club Elite-level athlete Former elite-level athlete Never been involved as an athlete, coach or leader in sport
% 65.3 51.5 28.7 24.8 18.8 2.0
(n) (66) (52) (29) (25) (19) (2)
Most volunteers get involved in sports through their children, but the participants in the education programme do not fall into this group because of their age. In all of the other response options regarding experience of sports, we can see that the participants in the programme for young leaders have much closer ties to sport than the average among volunteers under 29 years. Several of the young leaders had been involved in Norwegian sports as athletes and/or coaches. 15 percent of all the volunteers in the age group 29 years and younger are coaches, while 52 percent of the young leaders hold coaching positions. Nearly 30 percent hold a leadership position within their sport, compared to nine among all the volunteers in the group aged 29 years and younger. Two of them had no affiliation with the sport as an athlete, coach or manager. As shown in Table 17, most of them are engaged in sports, and they have some or a lot of experience of voluntary work (71 percent) in general. For 29 percent of the young leaders who responded, the Youth Olympic Games was their first volunteer experience.