"Building back better": seeking an equitable return to sport for development in the wake of COVID-19

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Norman, R., Sailofsky, D., Darnell, S., Warner, M. and Heal, B. 2023. "Building back better": seeking an equitable return to sport for development in the wake of COVID-19. Sociology of Sport Journal. 40 (2), pp. 197-212. https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2022-0032
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Title"Building back better": seeking an equitable return to sport for development in the wake of COVID-19
AuthorsNorman, R., Sailofsky, D., Darnell, S., Warner, M. and Heal, B.
Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic affected sport programming by restricting in-person activities. Concurrently, global outcry for racial justice for Black and racialized communities promoted calls-to-action to assess equitable practices in sport, including Sport for Development (SfD). This study critically examined SfD ‘return to play’ programming to include perspectives from racialized persons’ lived experiences. We present findings based on data collected from MLSE Foundation’s Change the Game (CtG) research, which explored questions of sport inequity to ‘build back better’. Outcomes further SfD discourses challenging (potentially) harmful structures affecting participants, including under reported effects of racialization. The study used a mixed-method methodology with quantitative analysis of survey data, and thematic analysis of personal experience within an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and decolonial conceptual framework.

Sustainable Development Goals3 Good health and well-being
Middlesex University ThemeHealth & Wellbeing
LanguageEnglish
PublisherHuman Kinetics
JournalSociology of Sport Journal
ISSN0741-1235
Electronic1543-2785
Publication dates
Online23 Jan 2023
PrintJun 2023
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Deposited13 Dec 2022
Accepted17 Oct 2022
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
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Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Sociology of Sport Journal, 2023, 40(2), 197-212, https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2022-0032 © Human Kinetics, Inc.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2022-0032
Web of Science identifierWOS:000932363000001
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