Swedish Floorball Research and Development Center
National Swedish Floorball Research and Development Centre started in Umeå.
Since spring 2012 the Swedish Floorball Federation, Umeå municipality and Umeå University is co-operating to strengthen Swedish floorball for the future. They aim at creating a competence centre of high international standards where floorball will be developed through sports research.
Backed by Umeå University’s broad research competence within, for example sports medicine, -physiology, -psychology and -pedagogics, the new Swedish Floorball Research and Development Centre will benefit both elite athletes and those playing floorball for recreational purposes. The centre will also benefit from sports research performed within other sports and Umeå Universitys top modern sports laboratory will be an essential resource for the centre.
Taru Tervo’s new position as research coordinator at Swedish Floorball Research and Development Centre, Umeå University, means that she will be co-ordinating and initiating research projects, seminars, lectures and conferences, all in close co-operation with the Swedish Floorball Federation and researchers at Umeå University. She will also be responsible for intelligence, which includes keeping track of what sports research is performed in Sweden and throughout the world.
Taru Tervo will also be part of a network of people engaged in developing Swedish floorball. Co-operations within this network will mean mutual exchange programmes as well as development and spreading of knowledge within the area of floorball on all levels. The intention is to develop a distinct strategy for research and development of Swedish floorball.
Umeå University and Umeå municipality already have co-operation agreements with three other special sports federations. The agreement with the Swedish Floorball Federation is unique however, since its focus is on research and development.
Umeå is a leading centre of floorball with close to 5 000 licensed players and 15 licensed federation teams. Out of these teams, two women’s team and one men’s team play in the highest national floorball league, and three men’s team and four women’s team play in the second highest league. This co-operation is part of the intention of further strengthening Umeå as a floorball centre, and developing floorball as a sport.