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

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12  Sport, volunteering and marginalised youth

Samaya Farooq, Ben Moreland, Andrew Parker and Andy Pitchford

Introduction

Although there is a growing body of research on volunteering both within and beyond sporting contexts (Davis-Smith et al., 2002; Deane et al., 2010), the impact of formal youth volunteer programmes (YVPs) is not well documented. Existing research findings hint at the exclusivity of volunteer activity, indicating that young people from minority communities and poorer socioeconomic backgrounds are least visible in volunteering contexts (Adams and Deane, 2009; CASE, 2011). This chapter seeks to broaden debates in this area by exploring the volunteering experiences of a group of marginalised young men in the English West Midlands. ...

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