1st Edition

Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play Policy, Interventions and Participation

Edited By Andrew Parker, Don Vinson Copyright 2013
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    Sport, physical activity and play are key constituents of social life, impacting such diverse fields as healthcare, education and criminal justice. Over the past decade, governments around the world have begun to place physical activity at the heart of social policy, providing increased opportunities for participation for young people. This groundbreaking text explores the various ways in which young people experience sport, physical activity and play as part of their everyday lives, and the interventions and outcomes that shape and define those experiences.

    The book covers a range of different sporting and physical activities across an array of social contexts, providing insight into the way in which sport, physical activity and play are interpreted by young people and how these interpretations relate to broader policy objectives set by governments, sporting organisations and other NGOs. In the process, it attempts to answer a series of key questions including:

    • How has sport policy developed over the last decade?
    • How do such policy developments reflect changes at the broader political level?
    • How have young people experienced these changes in and through their sporting lives?

    By firmly locating sport, physical activity and play within the context of recent policy developments, and exploring the moral and ethical dimensions of sports participation, the book fills a significant gap in the sport studies literature. It is an important reference for students and scholars from a wide-range of sub-disciplines, including sports pedagogy, sports development, sport and leisure management, sports coaching, physical education, play and playwork, and health studies.

    Introduction: Youth sport, physical activity and play  Ch.1. Youth, sport and UK sport policy  Ch.2. Sport, physical activity and play: A European perspective  Ch.3. Utopian visions of childhood and play in English social policy  Ch.4. Sport, intervention and self-esteem: Promoting physical activity with disengaged adolescents  Ch.5. Sport, Physical Activity and Youth Imprisonment  Ch.6. Young people, football and ‘Respect’.  Ch.7. Sport, development and African culture  Ch.8. Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and adolescents  Ch.9. Access, entitlement and physical education: PESSYP and beyond  Ch.10. Sports coaching and young people  Ch.11. The next generation: young people as sports volunteers  Ch.12. Sport, volunteering and marginalised youth  Afterword: Reconsidering Youth Sport, Physical Education and Play


    Andrew Parker is Professor of Sport and Christian Outreach and Director of the Centre for Sport, Spirituality and Religion (CSSR) in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.

    Don Vinson is Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.