"Building back better": seeking an equitable return to sport-for-development in the wake of COVID-19

Norman, Richard, Sailofsky, Daniel ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0406-6800, Darnell, Simon, Warner, Marika and Heal, Bryan (2023) "Building back better": seeking an equitable return to sport-for-development in the wake of COVID-19. Sociology of Sport Journal . ISSN 0741-1235 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1123/ssj.2022-0032)

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The COVID-19 pandemic affected sport programming by restricting in-person activities. Concurrently, global outcry for racial justice for Black and racialized communities promoted calls-to-action to assess equitable practices in sport, including Sport for Development (SfD). This study critically examined SfD ‘return to play’ programming to include perspectives from racialized persons’ lived experiences. We present findings based on data collected from MLSE Foundation’s Change the Game (CtG) research, which explored questions of sport inequity to ‘build back better’. Outcomes further SfD discourses challenging (potentially) harmful structures affecting participants, including under reported effects of racialization. The study used a mixed-method methodology with quantitative analysis of survey data, and thematic analysis of personal experience within an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and decolonial conceptual framework.

Item Type: Article
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Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 36929
Notes on copyright: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Sociology of Sport Journal, 2023, https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2022-0032. © Human Kinetics, Inc.
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Depositing User: Daniel Sailofsky
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2022 09:53
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2023 18:46
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/36929

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