LYOGOC took good care of the volunteers and that good foundations have been created for these volunteers to continue volunteering.
The next step The next steps for this project are the following: scholarly articles and papers will be produced based on the data. Furthermore, we are collaborating with a book project, and two or three chapters in this book will be based on the research. The report itself will be used by both academia and sports. Drafts of the report have already been used in two bachelor theses, and in the future we envision that students can use the report to extract data on volunteers at events (in general) and the Youth Olympics in particular. For sports / the field of practice, we hope that the report will be used for planning events and organising volunteers. We hope that our findings can be helpful, especially regarding young volunteers. The research project on the Youth Olympics continues in 2016 and 2017. The data can be compared with other types of events. Furthermore, we (or others) can investigate what happened to the volunteers at the Youth Olympics at a later date. Did they continue with voluntary work, or did they quit? What happened to the participants on the education programme for young leaders? Is it possible to measure any effect in connection with the Games?
The research project In 2010 the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH) initiated a research project on major sport events. The Ministry of Culture (KUD) and Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) supported the project for four years (2010–2013). After applications, both KUD and NIF have contributed with additional appropriations. In connection with the final report in 2014, KUD expressed interest in extending the project. NIF gave similar signals. Part 1 of the project (2010–2013) had a significant focus on volunteering, while part 2 (2015–2017) is strongly linked to the 2016 Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games. The project especially aims to analyse issues that were highlighted in the proposal to parliament on whether the state should provide the necessary guarantee to organise the event (White Paper 153 S (2010–2011). In the proposal to parliament, KUD pointed out that “the Youth Olympic Games is an elite sports event for youth aged 14–18 years that will contribute to strengthening overall sports commitment aimed at children and young people. Children and young are also the main target group of the government’s sports policy. The Ministry of Culture wants to boost youth sports. The aim is to reduce the dropout rate and make youngsters engage in physical activity for longer. Such a youth initiative requires a comprehensive effort, including both