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

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6    Young people, football and ‘respect’?

Mark Elliot, Andy Pitchford and Celia Brackenridge

Introduction

This chapter builds on a study of young people in football carried out by academics at the University of Gloucestershire, UK and Brunel University, UK during 2008–09. In particular, it focuses on the concept of ‘respect’ and its place in the sporting experiences of young people. The impetus for the study was initially generated by The Football Association (FA) and their desire to respond to previous research which pointed to the need to deal with perceptions of increasingly anti-social behaviour within professional and amateur football in the UK. The FA were especially interested to explore the interaction between players, spectators, coaches ...

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