Ableism as a determinant of priorities for the development of disability football: a critique of European National Football Associations

P J Kitchin, Jaime Prieto, Juan Luis Paramio-Salcines, Jessica L Macbeth, Stephen Bloomer

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Abstract

Rationale Drawing on a conceptual lens informed by ableism and Importance Performance Analysis (IPA), the purpose of this paper is to discover how managers within European National Football Associations (NAs) develop disability football.
Design This novel study explores the development of disability football from the perspective of 37 European National Football Association (NAs) managers. Results were based on a pan-European questionnaire that assessed managerial viewpoints that subsequently identified the priorities across the region.
Findings Findings indicate that much resource has been dedicated to developing disability football, in some cases suggesting over-allocation of finance, facilities and human resources. Efforts to enhance levels of disability awareness and the competencies that underpin the development of disability football are needed.
Practical Implications Managers need to invest in developing competence through the formation of inter-organizational partnerships with disability sports organizations.
Research Contribution This paper provides a novel and pragmatic review of the priorities for disability football delivery in Europe. The results provide diagnostic support for quality enhancement.
Original languageEnglish
JournalManaging Sport and Leisure
Early online date8 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • ableism
  • mainstreaming
  • inclusion
  • integration
  • disability sport
  • Importance Performance Analysis

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