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Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play by Don Vinson, Andrew Parker

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Introduction

Youth sport, physical activity and play

Andrew Parker and Don Vinson

Whether structured or spontaneous, sport, physical activity and play are key constituents of modern-day life and a fundamental part of the social reality in which we live. As a consequence, they are subject to the ebb and flow of political priorities and wider economic conditions. Over the past 50 years this proposition has been clearly borne out within the UK context, especially with regard to the experiences of young people. During that time government intervention and policy initiatives involving sport, physical activity and play have been utilised to address a whole series of issues concerning health, education, employment and social exclusion (Collins, 2003; ...

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