Research report: Sport and social exclusion (1999). This research report was compiled by the centre for leisure research at Loughborough University to provide a definitive critical analysis of social exclusion in terms of sport and leisure for the Policy Action Team (PAT 10).
The work is considered a cornerstone of PAT 10 and as such is a must for all sports development students.
The report defines social exclusion - associates it with poverty of opportunity and details the 1999 research theory of the benefits of sport and physical activity.
Brown & Massey (2001) “Collins et al’s (1999) study on social exclusion and sport for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport was carried out using literature from previous studies which were then evaluated in order to identify examples of good practice. The initial search used the BIDS/ISI database world wide. Searches were also conducted using the Sports Council’s and ILAM’s Information Centres as well as a search via scholars in 20 countries via email requests. There were many hits initially but these were narrowed down to eleven studies* which provided rigourous evaluations. The studies were reviewed once they had been identified as dealing with issues relating to exclusion of particular groups in sport and bibliographical abstracts were produced for the major studies covered.
* The eleven studies were ‘Inner City Sport’ (Liverpool, Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast, Chester and London); ‘The Venture Centre’; Caia Park, Wrexham; ‘Champion Coaching via Notts Sport Training Scheme’; ‘Active Lifestyles Sports Council National Demonstration Project’; ‘Solent Sports Counselling’; West Yorks Sports Counselling’; ‘After School Recreation Programmes’ (Austin, Dallas, College Station, Texas); ‘Women in Sport Management’; ‘World Class Facilities in Sheffield’; Americas Cup, 1986-7 Impact on Fremantle’; and ‘Effectiveness of Leisure/Loyalty Cards’
Editor's comments - [ The work is also the basis for Collins’ 2003 book “Sport and Social Exclusion” published by Routledge. ]
Reference: Collins, M. Henry, IP. Houlihan, B. Buller, J. (1999). Research report: Sport and social exclusion. Loughborough: Loughborough University