Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Inclusion for Young Players in Northern Ireland International Football. University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

Owen Hargie, Ian Somerville, Phil Ramsey

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    This research project investigates barriers to inclusion for young players in Northern Ireland international football, by undertaking qualitative and quantitative research with current Northern Ireland players in the Irish Football Association’s (IFA) youth squads. The study was designed to identify and address barriers to inclusion, by researching a range of factors that may affect a player’s decision to play football for Northern Ireland (NI). Given that not all young footballers born in NI decide to play for the country, one objective of this project was to attempt to establish the reasons why some players decide to play for another country, such as the Republic of Ireland (RoI). Research was carried out into a range of areas that affect young footballers playing for NI. Areas addressed include experiences of sectarianism, attitudes to the national anthem and flags at matches, and relationships with staff of the IFA and fellow players.
    LanguageEnglish
    Number of pages107
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

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BBC (2011) ‘Government funding confirmed for main NI sports grounds’, URL (consulted May 2011): http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/northern_ireland/9421657.stm. Bell, J., Hansson, U. and McCaffery, N. (2010) ‘The Troubles Aren’t History Yet’ Young People’s Understanding of the Past. Belfast: Community Relations Council. Boyle, R. (1994) ‘“We are Celtic supporters…”: questions of football and identity in modern Scotland’, pp. 73-102 in R. Giulianotii and J. Williams (eds) Game Without Frontiers: Football, Identity and Modernity. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited. Cha, VD (2009) Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia. New York: Columbia University Press. Coelho, J. N. (1998) ‘“On the border”: some notes on football and national identity in Portugal’, pp.158-172 in A. Brown (ed.) Fanatics: power, identity & fandom in football. London: Routledge. Cronin, M. 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