“Our primary task is actually not to develop football stars but rather to help our young people to become well-adjusted members of society.” Calle Wellner’s enthusiasm is obvious as he talks. He is the head of the youth section at Lidköping IF and one of the enthusiast behind the LIFstil (LIF-style) project.”As a club, we have a wonderful opportunity at an early stage to stimulate our young people’s interest in a healthier lifestyle, and not only with respect to exercise and sports. In LIFstil, we also discuss eating habits, the environment, drugs, ethics and other important issues,” says Calle Wellner. Of the nearly 400 young people who are members of LIF, almost all of them take part in some of the activities that are organised within the framework of LIFstil. They discuss the information that they get here with their families and friends. It’s diffi cult to say how big a role the project has played in the club’s popularity but the fact is that the young people’s activities are growing steadily, particularly among girls, and a greater number of young players are staying in the club longer.In 2008, Lidköping’s IF received an award for its work with young people at the Eldsjälsgalan ceremony. During the same year, the club also received environmental certification from the Swedish Sports Confederation and is the only club in Sweden to do so.”We’ve worked with climate compensation at major football tournaments but most of our eff orts are focused on what we can do to reduce the impact on the environment in our everyday activities. For instance, we encourage carpooling to away matches and if they’re not too far away, we cycle, of course,” says Calle Wellner.
Take responsibility. “As a club, we have a wonderful opportunity at an early stage to stimulate our young people’s interest in a healthier lifestyle,” says Calle Wellner, who is head of the youth section at Lidköping’s IF (LIF sport club).