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About Bosön

Bosön – for training, meetings, challenges and development

A unique venue for sports and development

 

Bosön is sport’s very own powerhouse. At Bosön we are investing in elite sports and offering development, testing and training. This is where sports clubs come to train and find inspiration. Bosön is also a unique venue for developing and growing in a sport environment. Meetings and conferences are held here in a creative atmosphere of teamwork and challenges. At Bosön you can refine your skills on the same field as the elite teams, benefit from insights and experience from the sport’s top names, and be inspired by the active environment.

Bosön is located in beautiful surroundings on northern Lidingö. Bosön offers sports facilities, conference rooms, accommodation and food, just 15 minutes from central Stockholm.

This is where sport is developed

The Swedish Sports Confederation want to create the best possible conditions to ensure world-class Swedish athletes. It therefore supports the various special sports federations, mainly through the Confederation’s Elite Support. Bosön is the Swedish Sports Confederation’s development centre, and several parts of Elite Support take place here. Testing, training, rehabilitation, counselling, education and development projects are all carried out at Bosön. These take place within four areas of expertise; sports physiology, medicine, psychology and nutrition.

Everyone is welcome

Sports clubs of all different levels hold training camps and courses at Bosön. Businesses and individuals are also welcome to the world of sport, and can benefit from the language and values of sport. Today, when exercise and health are in focus, Boson is a perfect place for companies who want to meet and develop, build team spirit and create a winning culture.

Individuals are welcome to use the training facilities, restaurant and hotel.

The organisation

– The Bosön foundation was formed in 1938 and is owned by the Swedish Sports Confederation.

– The Swedish Sports Education Organisation (SISU Idrottsutbildarna) is the principal of the sports folk high school, where about 150 students study annually.

– The Swedish Sports Confederation’s section for elite sport development is responsible for staff and operations at the elite sports centre.

– Since 2011, Stockholm Meeting Selection AB has been responsible for all service in the form of hotels, conference, restaurant and sports centres.

Bosön – a historic meeting place

Did you know that both Pele and Paul U Bergström, founder of the PUB department store, have stayed at Bosön? Paul U Bergström moved here at the beginning of the last century and built Mästarvillan in the 1920s. The Swedish Sports Confederation bought the property from Bergström’s estate.

The first course was held at Bosön in 1939; a cycling course for coaches and athletes. During the Second World War, many of the farms on Lidingö were occupied by the armed services. Bosön was a listening station which helped break the German ciphers during the Finnish War. There was a torpedo firing range on Askrikefjärden.

After the war, during the 1940s, Bosön was expanded. A sports hall was added, as was a swimming pool and the outdoor track and field facilities. During the 1940s, 50s and 60s, many intense training sessions were held at Bosön. Many, if not all, Swedish sportsmen and women at national level have visited Bosön one or more times during their careers.

In 1958 Sweden held the World Cup, and Bosön was used as a centre for the future world champions, Brazil. Their squad included the soon to be very famous Pele. Bosön also saw Brazil take part in a national training match. A match that several Lidingö inhabitants still remember, many still owning autographs from the time.

Bosön becomes a folk high school

In 1970 the “Sport for All” investigation was published. The investigation prioritised training, which included a 10-year expansion programme for Bosön. The buildings were renovated, and Skolhuset (now called Olympiahus), as well as the Liraren and Lyftaren hotels, were built. The outdoor facilities were expanded, and in 1983 the athletics hall was built.

In 1978 Bosön became a folk high school, and in the early 1990s, the college’s educational activity had increased to 140 students. It also included 150 collaboration courses with specialised sports associations. The increase in conference operations was more modest, and so it was once again time for a major new facelift and expansion.

Bosön is further expanded

During the early 1990s, the Swedish Sports Confederation ended its involvement in Vålådalen and Lillsved to concentrate instead on Bosön. Olympiahuset was redeveloped with a new kitchen and a modern dining room with seating for 350 guests, and conference opportunities were expanded

A new hotel, Löparen, was built. Mästarvillan received a substantial refurbishment to modern conference standard including a conference restaurant. The elite sports centre was expanded and renovated and the swimming pool was modernised. Student accommodation – Student campus – was built in the area.

Vinnarhallen, which houses one of Stockholm’s full-size indoor artificial turf pitches, was built in 2006. It is used for a variety of sports and activities. Ledaren, which offers accommodation adapted for training camps with four-bed rooms, was completed in 2011. All hotel buildings have been restored, and maintenance and renovation continues as more and more people come to stay at and visit Bosön.

See you at Bosön!