"More than a game": the impact of sport-based youth mentoring schemes on developing resilience toward violent extremism

Johns, Amelia, Grossman, Michele and McDonald, Kevin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6977-0009 (2014) "More than a game": the impact of sport-based youth mentoring schemes on developing resilience toward violent extremism. Social Inclusion, 2 (2) . pp. 57-70. ISSN 2183-2803 [Article] (doi:10.17645/si.v2i2.167)

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Abstract

This paper draws upon the findings of an evaluation of “More than a Game”, a sport-focused youth mentoring program in Melbourne, Australia that aimed to develop a community-based resilience model using team-based sports to address issues of identity, belonging, and cultural isolation amongst young Muslim men in order to counter forms of violent extremism. In this essay we focus specifically on whether the intense embodied encounters and emotions experienced in team sports can help break down barriers of cultural and religious difference between young people and facilitate experiences of resilience, mutual respect, trust, social inclusion and belonging. Whilst the project findings are directly relevant to the domain of countering violent extremism, they also contribute to a growing body of literature which considers the relationship between team-based sport, cross-cultural engagement and the development of social resilience, inclusion and belonging in other domains of youth engagement and community-building.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): AFL; belonging; community resilience; countering violent extremism; counterterrorism; football; Muslim Australians; social inclusion; social networks; sport; violence reduction
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 13800
Notes on copyright: © The author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
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Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 14:43
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2021 15:11
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13800

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