An investigation into the engagement of disabled people in European football.

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Abstract

1. The engagement of disabled people through sport in general is a difficult but worthy challenge. 2. UEFA have been developing multiple areas of social responsibility, including disability provision throughout playing, spectating or working opportunities. 3. This report provides a review of what has been achieved.4. This project aimed to explore how the European football industry engages disabled people (via participation on- and off-the-field). A particular focus was placed upon the management approaches being employed across the region. 5. A mixed-methods, cross-sectional survey design guided this study, using questionnaires and interviews with National Associations and Licensed Clubs across Europe.6. Results identified a range of areas where organisations felt their performance did not match the importance of their provision. 7. Room for improvement was identified, however respondents noted the general increase in resources to support these engagement activities.8. Regional differences within the results suggest that pockets of excellence exist within the industry, which contrast with areas where improvements can be made.9. Interviews with organisations operating best practices suggest that local context is a major factor in the quality of provision. Other factors include financial resources, human resources and competencies (developed through training) as well it being paramount that organisations possess an inclusive philosophy.10. Resources and managerial competencies are important but organisations should be wary of relying too heavily on individuals, promoting more of a team approach to provision.11. European football is replete with best practice in its engagement opportunities for disabled people.12. Opportunities exist for enhanced provision and further research.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUnknown Publisher
Number of pages53
Publication statusIn preparation - 31 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • disability
  • football
  • accessibility
  • survey methods
  • Europe
  • best practice

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  • Activities

    • 2 Invited talk

    Reflections on research into disability and football


    Paul James Kitchin (Speaker)

    12 Jul 2019

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    The engagement of disabled people in European Football.

    Paul James Kitchin (Speaker), & Stephen Bloomer (Speaker)

    10 Jun 2017

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    Research Output

    • 2 Chapter
    • 2 Conference contribution
    • 1 Commissioned report
    • 1 Article

    Developing an Accessibility League Table in European Football: What is an Appropriate Methodology?

    Paramio-Salcines, J. L., Walters, G. & Kitchin, P. J., Sep 2019, Book of Abstracts: 27th European Sport Management Conference, Seville. p. 699-701

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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    Determining what is, and what is not important when engaging disabled people through football

    Kitchin, P. J. & Bloomer, S., Nov 2018, Challenging the Narrative: Football Collective Conference Glasgow 2018.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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    Planning and managing the stadium experience 2e

    Kitchin, P. J., 1 May 2018, Managing Sport Business. 2nd ed. Oxon: Routledge, p. 515-529 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
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