"More than a game": the impact of sport-based youth mentoring schemes on developing resilience toward violent extremism

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Johns, A., Grossman, M. and McDonald, K. 2014. "More than a game": the impact of sport-based youth mentoring schemes on developing resilience toward violent extremism. Social Inclusion. 2 (2), pp. 57-70. https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v2i2.167
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Title"More than a game": the impact of sport-based youth mentoring schemes on developing resilience toward violent extremism
AuthorsJohns, A., Grossman, M. and McDonald, K.
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This paper draws upon the findings of an evaluation of “More than a Game”, a sport-focused youth mentoring program in Melbourne, Australia that aimed to develop a community-based resilience model using team-based sports to address issues of identity, belonging, and cultural isolation amongst young Muslim men in order to counter forms of violent extremism. In this essay we focus specifically on whether the intense embodied encounters and emotions experienced in team sports can help break down barriers of cultural and religious difference between young people and facilitate experiences of resilience, mutual respect, trust, social inclusion and belonging. Whilst the project findings are directly relevant to the domain of countering violent extremism, they also contribute to a growing body of literature which considers the relationship between team-based sport, cross-cultural engagement and the development of social resilience, inclusion and belonging in other domains of youth engagement and community-building.

KeywordsAFL; belonging; community resilience; countering violent extremism; counterterrorism; football; Muslim Australians; social inclusion; social networks; sport; violence reduction
PublisherCogitatio
JournalSocial Inclusion
ISSN2183-2803
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Print20 Aug 2014
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Deposited16 Sep 2014
Accepted27 Apr 2014
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v2i2.167
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