Raibuliavimas (making ripples): Student-athletes action safe sport in Lithuania

Laura G. Purdy, Melanie Lang

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Athlete voice is fundamental to good governance; however, sports organisations have been slow to involve young people in safe sport initiatives. In Lithuania, the location of this study, athlete welfare issues are rarely discussed, and the development of a safe sport environment is new to the policy agenda. This project aimed to empower a cohort of student-athletes to promote good practice and safe sport in Lithuania. A secondary aim was to understand the content areas that young athletes prioritised in promoting safe sport. 17 Lithuanian university student-athletes worked in small groups to identify a safe sport issue that was relevant in their country and created awareness-raising poster campaigns to start conversations about it. Focus group interviews were conducted with participants who highlighted the need to challenge ‘taken-for-granted’ ideas about athlete welfare and the importance of involving young athletes in advancing welfare and safe sport agendas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalSport, Education and Society
Early online date28 Oct 2023
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2023


  • Athlete voice
  • athlete welfare
  • safe sport
  • Lithuania
  • youth participation
  • Athlete welfare

Research Centres

  • Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport

Research Groups

  • Politics, Pedagogy and Practice Research Group


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