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Review of the literature on volunteering, disability and sport.

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This literature review covers a predominantly United Kingdom (UK) context and is based on English-language studies only. By critically examining existing research and related literature, this review aims to draw out key issues and identify gaps in our knowledge and understanding. The scope of the searches for relevant literature was restricted to material dated from 1998 onwards, with reference to any earlier work only if particularly important. This enabled the literature review to concentrate on the most recent information as grounding for policy development. Literature was sourced through databases and websites linked to volunteering, sport, disability sport and disability. As such, this literature review draws on a variety of sources, including those produced by the home nations’ sports councils and other sporting agencies and organisations plus government reports and policies, journal papers, books and other edited works. A number of electronic databases were searched for articles published from 1998 to the present including: ‘Academic Search Premier’ and ‘Academic Search Complete’ (EBSCO), ‘Sport Discus,’ ‘Sociological Abstracts,’ the ‘Physical Education (PE) Index,’ and ‘IngentaConnect.’ Key words and various combinations (refined by using ‘and’/’or’) were used in the searching process, including: ‘volunteering,’ ‘sport volunteering,’ ‘sport volunteer,’ ‘disabled volunteers,’ ‘inclusive volunteering,’ ‘disability sport,’ ‘impaired,’ ‘impairment,’ ‘Northern Ireland,’ ‘Scotland,’ ‘England’, ‘Wales’ and ‘United Kingdom.’



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Editor's comments - [  This [2009] literature review focuses on sports volunteering and disability and was conducted for the English Federation of Disability Sport (East Midlands) by the Carnegie Research Institute at Leeds Metropolitan University. The review was undertaken as part of a wider practically orientated volunteering project Inspire to Lead that was specifically aimed at young disabled people. Inspire to Lead established partnership links with several sporting and non-sporting organisations, all of whom firmly believe in the development of young disabled people as sporting advocates.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Fitzgerald, H. Lang, M. (2009). Review of the literature on volunteering, disability and sport. Leeds: EFDS


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