Sport and Underachievement amongst Protestant Youth in Northern Ireland: A Boxing Club Case Study.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Published research provides support for the potential of sport to promote social, cultural and personal development. In the UK, a corresponding shift in sports development policy is evident, moving away from achieving sports-related goals towards contributing to the government’s social policy priorities. Substantial public sector investment has been made in ‘sport for development’ projects as a result. However, other scholars caution against an over reliance on the perceived ‘power’ of sport to deliver upon sport’s often vaunted claims. Strategic priorities determined from the ‘top-down’ exclude those delivering such projects from involvement in decision-making. This article focuses upon a boxing club situated in one of Northern Ireland’s most deprived wards and where the prospects of so called ‘hard to reach’ young Protestant population remain modest subsequent to the Good Friday Peace Agreement. This article will examine how the club uses sport to improve educational and employability outcomes. Taking into consideration the community context, we conclude that the club offers an example of how sport can be harnessed at an individual (micro) and community (meso) level to contribute towards these priorities. Having identified the key elements of success in practice, the overriding question concerning whether, in a broader sense, the structures exist to permit macro-level impact from a micro- and meso-level project is unpacked and explored.
LanguageEnglish
Pages579-596
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
Volume34
Early online date15 Mar 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Mar 2018

Fingerprint

combat sport
club
Sports
meso level
employability
macro level
micro level
development project
development policy
community
public sector
peace
decision making

Keywords

  • educational attainment
  • post-conflict
  • sport for development
  • employability
  • Protestant
  • sport policy.

Cite this

@article{59044f36876e452ca146978ea5e160fe,
title = "Sport and Underachievement amongst Protestant Youth in Northern Ireland: A Boxing Club Case Study.",
abstract = "Published research provides support for the potential of sport to promote social, cultural and personal development. In the UK, a corresponding shift in sports development policy is evident, moving away from achieving sports-related goals towards contributing to the government’s social policy priorities. Substantial public sector investment has been made in ‘sport for development’ projects as a result. However, other scholars caution against an over reliance on the perceived ‘power’ of sport to deliver upon sport’s often vaunted claims. Strategic priorities determined from the ‘top-down’ exclude those delivering such projects from involvement in decision-making. This article focuses upon a boxing club situated in one of Northern Ireland’s most deprived wards and where the prospects of so called ‘hard to reach’ young Protestant population remain modest subsequent to the Good Friday Peace Agreement. This article will examine how the club uses sport to improve educational and employability outcomes. Taking into consideration the community context, we conclude that the club offers an example of how sport can be harnessed at an individual (micro) and community (meso) level to contribute towards these priorities. Having identified the key elements of success in practice, the overriding question concerning whether, in a broader sense, the structures exist to permit macro-level impact from a micro- and meso-level project is unpacked and explored.",
keywords = "educational attainment, post-conflict, sport for development, employability, Protestant, sport policy.",
author = "Kyle Ferguson and David Hassan and Paul Kitchin",
year = "2018",
month = "3",
day = "15",
language = "English",
volume = "34",
pages = "579--596",
journal = "International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics",
issn = "1940-6940",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Sport and Underachievement amongst Protestant Youth in Northern Ireland: A Boxing Club Case Study.

AU - Ferguson, Kyle

AU - Hassan, David

AU - Kitchin, Paul

PY - 2018/3/15

Y1 - 2018/3/15

N2 - Published research provides support for the potential of sport to promote social, cultural and personal development. In the UK, a corresponding shift in sports development policy is evident, moving away from achieving sports-related goals towards contributing to the government’s social policy priorities. Substantial public sector investment has been made in ‘sport for development’ projects as a result. However, other scholars caution against an over reliance on the perceived ‘power’ of sport to deliver upon sport’s often vaunted claims. Strategic priorities determined from the ‘top-down’ exclude those delivering such projects from involvement in decision-making. This article focuses upon a boxing club situated in one of Northern Ireland’s most deprived wards and where the prospects of so called ‘hard to reach’ young Protestant population remain modest subsequent to the Good Friday Peace Agreement. This article will examine how the club uses sport to improve educational and employability outcomes. Taking into consideration the community context, we conclude that the club offers an example of how sport can be harnessed at an individual (micro) and community (meso) level to contribute towards these priorities. Having identified the key elements of success in practice, the overriding question concerning whether, in a broader sense, the structures exist to permit macro-level impact from a micro- and meso-level project is unpacked and explored.

AB - Published research provides support for the potential of sport to promote social, cultural and personal development. In the UK, a corresponding shift in sports development policy is evident, moving away from achieving sports-related goals towards contributing to the government’s social policy priorities. Substantial public sector investment has been made in ‘sport for development’ projects as a result. However, other scholars caution against an over reliance on the perceived ‘power’ of sport to deliver upon sport’s often vaunted claims. Strategic priorities determined from the ‘top-down’ exclude those delivering such projects from involvement in decision-making. This article focuses upon a boxing club situated in one of Northern Ireland’s most deprived wards and where the prospects of so called ‘hard to reach’ young Protestant population remain modest subsequent to the Good Friday Peace Agreement. This article will examine how the club uses sport to improve educational and employability outcomes. Taking into consideration the community context, we conclude that the club offers an example of how sport can be harnessed at an individual (micro) and community (meso) level to contribute towards these priorities. Having identified the key elements of success in practice, the overriding question concerning whether, in a broader sense, the structures exist to permit macro-level impact from a micro- and meso-level project is unpacked and explored.

KW - educational attainment

KW - post-conflict

KW - sport for development

KW - employability

KW - Protestant

KW - sport policy.

UR - https://pure.ulster.ac.uk/en/searchAll/index/?search=11659151&pageSize=25&showAdvanced=false&allConcepts=true&inferConcepts=true&searchBy=PartOfNameOrTitle

M3 - Article

VL - 34

SP - 579

EP - 596

JO - International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

T2 - International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

JF - International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

SN - 1940-6940

ER -