1st Edition

The Potential of Community Sport for Social Inclusion Exploring Cases Across the Globe

Edited By Hebe Schaillée, Reinhard Haudenhuyse, Lieve Bradt Copyright 2022
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    Social inclusion is a pressing issue confronting all levels of sport today, and community sport in particular. Sport is being promoted as an inclusive environment in which people of all backgrounds and abilities can participate and access a range of social and health benefits. Moreover, sport is often heralded as a vehicle for promoting social inclusion in other societal domains. Yet, the policy ideal of ‘sport for all’ is not always realised in practice, and community sport continues to be plagued by various forms of discrimination and social exclusion. This book brings together a team of scholars from across the globe whose research addresses the complex relationship between community sport and social inclusion. Their contributions critically examine the dynamics of inclusion/exclusion in community sport, as well as the broader outcomes and impacts that sports programmes may have in promoting, or hindering, social inclusion in other areas of life, such as employment, education and migrant integration.

    This book will be of interest to academics, researchers, and advanced students of sport, sociology, politics, social work and public policy.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Sport in Society.

    1. Introduction – Community sport and social inclusion: international perspectives

    Hebe Schaillée, Reinhard Haudenhuyse and Lieve Bradt

    Part 1: Practitioners’ perspectives on social inclusion

    2. Personal development of disadvantaged youth through community sports: a theory- driven analysis of relational strategies

    Pieter Debognies, Hebe Schaillée, Reinhard Haudenhuyse and Marc Theeboom

    3. ‘Rings on the water’: examining the pedagogical approach at a football program for detained youth in Sweden

    Daniel Roe, Martin Hugo and Håkan Larsson

    4. Moments of social inclusion: asylum seekers, football and solidarity

    Brent McDonald, Ramón Spaaij and Darko Dukic

    5. Tipping the balance back towards emancipation: exploring the positions of Flemish community sport practitioners towards social control

    Shana Sabbe, Rudi Roose and Lieve Bradt

    6. (Dis)playing the indigenous body: the case of Indigenous Tribal Games (ITG) in the Philippines

    Shekinah Dorelle P. Queri

    Part 2: Processes and mechanisms leading to social inclusion and exclusion

    7. Developing participation opportunities for young people with disabilities? Policy enactment and social inclusion in Australian junior sport

    Ruth Jeanes, Ramón Spaaij, Jonathan Magee, Karen Farquharson, Sean Gorman and Dean Lusher

    8. Playing on the periphery: troubling sport policy, systemic exclusion and the role of sport in rural Canada

    Kyle Rich and Laura Misener

    9. ‘You look like a machito!’: a decolonial analysis of the social in/ exclusion of female participants in a Colombian sport for development and peace organization

    Sarah Oxford

    10. Problematizing the absent girl: sport as a means of emancipation and social inclusion

    David Ekholm, Magnus Dahlstedt and Julia Rönnbäck

    Part 3: Impacts and outcomes of community sport participation

    11. If you build it, they will stay: the development of public cricket provision as a construction of social citizenship

    Martin Barrett

    12. Social inclusion of newly arrived female asylum seekers and refugees through a community sport initiative: the case of Bike Bridge

    Shahrzad Mohammadi

    13. Community sport programmes and social inclusion: what role for positive psychological capital?

    Haydn Morgan, Andrew Parker and William Roberts

    14. ‘Defnyddiwch y Gymraeg’: community sport as a vehicle for encouraging the use of the Welsh language

    Lana Evans, Nicola Bolton, Carwyn Jones and Hywel Iorwerth


    Hebe Schaillée is Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Movement and Sport Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. Her research contributes to the role of sport in promoting social inclusion of young people in vulnerable positions and advancing gender equality.

    Reinhard Haudenhuyse attained his PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2013. His expertise revolves around (community) sport, leisure, poverty, pedagogy and processes of social in-/exclusion.

    Lieve Bradt is Associate Professor of Social Pedagogy at the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy at Ghent University, Belgium and Coordinator of the Flemish Youth Research Platform. Her research interests include processes of inclusion and exclusion in relation to the social integration of young people.