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Title: Youth sport volunteering: developing social capital?
Authors: Kay, Tess
Bradbury, Steven
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © Routledge (Taylor & Francis group)
Citation: KAY, T. and BRADBURY, S., 2009. Youth sport volunteering: developing social capital? Sport, Education and Society, 14 (1), pp.121-140
Abstract: This paper analyses the capacity of youth sport volunteering to contribute to the development of social capital. Following a review of the emergence of social capital as a key theme in UK sport policy, the paper focuses on the ability of a structured sports volunteering programme to equip young people with skills for effective volunteering, and provide opportunities for 'social connectedness' through sports volunteer placements. The study uses survey data (n=160) and qualitative interviews (n=10) with young people to examine how the national Step into Sport programme impacts on participants' personal and skill development, and on their commitment to community involvement. Interviews with education and sport professionals (n=33) provide additional expert perspectives on the programme's impact on participants. Both sets of respondents report strong individual benefits to participants from their involvement, and increased social connectedness in a range of contexts. The paper concludes by considering the implications of the study for claims about the potential contribution of sport to social capital.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport, Education & Society on 08/08/2006 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13573320802615288
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13573320802615288
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24539
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13573320802615288
ISSN: 1357-3322
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