Selected activities and projects

This page presents a selection of activities and project that the Danish Institute for Sports Studies (Idan) and Play the Games have been involved in. See all Idans publications

Contact Idan,, to learn more about the options for consultancy and commissioned analysis about sports participation, volunteering, commercialisation of grassroots sport, promotion of specific sports etc.


List of publications

Sports governance observer 2015

SGO_report _FPThis report presents the Sports Governance Observer, a benchmarking tool for good governance in international sports federations based on basic good governance criteria, and its application to the 35 Olympic international sports federations.

Download the report (in English)


Play the Game Magazine 2013

Magazine 13 FPThe Play the Game magazine gives you extensive journalistic coverage of the eighth world communication conference on sport and society, which took place in Aarhus, Denmark from 28-31 October 2013.

Download the magazine (in English)

Sports participation in Denmark 2011

Sports participation in Denmark 2011_cover_85_100The report looks into sports participation among Danes covering aspects such as how active Danes are, what types of sport they do, and where they do sport and exercise.

Download the report (in English)

Download the Danish version of the  report

AGGIS: A project for better governance in sport

AGGIS-rapport-forside_miniA grant from the Europeans Commission gives Play the Game and a European expert group the opportunity to look for solutions to improve governance in international sports organisations.

Visit the project's theme page (in English)

Read the full AGGIS report and the leaflet that sums up the main points of the project (in English)

World Stadium Index

Stadium Index_miniThe report has examined the use of stadiums built for mega events. The results reveal major differences in the use of the stadiums after events such as the Olympics or the World Cup in foorball. 

Read the full report (in English or Swedish)

Read a small report on the perspectives for the Brazilian stadiums built for the 2014 World Cup (in English)

Presentation of Idan/Play the Game

A5forside_lilleThe folder gives a brief overview of Idan and Play the Game and presents central tasks of the institute and selected projects.

Read more

Study on volunteering in Danish sports clubs

Frivillighedsrapport_forside_lille_100The Danish Institute for Sports Studies and University of Southern Denmarks in 2010 and 2011 conducted the largest ever Danish study on the extent of and challenges to volunteering in sports clubs.

Read more about the study (in English)

Download the full report (in Danish)


Motives and barriers among recreational runners 

Runners_lilleA study on recreational runners concludes that knowledge about runners is paramount to raising participation in athletic clubs. The study identifies five different categories of runners.

Read more about the study
 (in English)

Download the full report (in Danish)

Play the Game magazine 2011

PtG_magazine_forside 2The Play the Game magazine (in English) gives you extensive journalistic coverage of the seventh world communication conference on sport and society, which took place at German Sport University Cologne from 3-6 Otober 2011.

Read the magazine online (for tablets and mobile devices)

Download the magazine as pdf

Sport for all  - background and analysis

Idraet_for_alle_lilleIn 2009 the Danish Institute for Sports Studies worked out a report on sport for all in Denmark on behalf of the Sport for All Committee and the Ministry of Culture Denmark.

Read the Sport for All Committee's conclusions and proposals (in English)

Download the full report (in Danish)

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