Social positioning and the construction of a youth sports club

Kirk, David and MacPhail, Ann (2003) Social positioning and the construction of a youth sports club. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 38 1: 23-44. doi:10.1177/10126902030381002

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Author Kirk, David
MacPhail, Ann
Title Social positioning and the construction of a youth sports club
Journal name International Review for the Sociology of Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1012-6902
Publication date 2003-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/10126902030381002
Volume 38
Issue 1
Start page 23
End page 44
Total pages 22
Editor A. Tomlinson
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
321499 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
750203 Organised sports
110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract This article uses the concept of social positioning to explore the construction of a youth sports club by young people, their parents and coaches. The year-long ethnography of Forest Athletics Club (FAC) identified two athlete positions of Samplers and Beginning Specializers. Four parents’ positions were identified, those of Non-Attenders, Spectators, Helpers and Committed Members. One coach position was the Committed Volunteer. Each of these positions was interdependent. Particular expectations, practices and values were attached to these positions. It is argued that the club operates according to multiple agendas and that FAC is a complex and dynamic social phenomenon that is practised differently by the three groups of key players.
Keyword coaches
parents
social positioning
sports clubs
youth sport
Q-Index Code C1

 
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