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

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1    Youth sport and UK sport policy

Mike Collins

Introduction

In this chapter I begin by looking at recent and current sports participation in school and community by youth, and then at how sport policy interacts with other social factors, producing a kaleidoscope of groups and needs to which there are no simple policy responses: as stated by Macdonald et al. (2012: 21) ‘the discourses of sport clash and intersect with other discourses related to, for example, gender, religion, family, ethnicity, school achievement, work and the like’. I then summarise phases of UK youth sport policy and conclude the chapter with the short-term prospects for sport under the present Coalition government.

Youth sports participation

Numerous studies from around ...

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