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Youth sport volunteering: developing social capital?

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posted on 24.03.2017, 15:54 authored by Tess Kay, Steven BradburySteven Bradbury
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.

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School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sport, Education and Society

Volume

14

Issue

1

Pages

121 - 140

Citation

KAY, T. and BRADBURY, S., 2009. Youth sport volunteering: developing social capital? Sport, Education and Society, 14 (1), pp.121-140

Publisher

© Routledge (Taylor & Francis group)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2009

Notes

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

ISSN

1357-3322

eISSN

1470-1243

Language

en

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