Parental sacrifice: an investigative study into parental hopes and expectations for their child in joining a youth rugby club

Peebles, Martyn E (2016) Parental sacrifice: an investigative study into parental hopes and expectations for their child in joining a youth rugby club. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

The growing popularity of organised youth sport has meant that parental support is now a significant factor in every child’s participation. Despite this, parental experiences, hopes and expectations are not well understood. This study explores the relationship between parental ideologies and their child’s involvement in a local rugby club; examining what social value’s middle-class parents place on their offspring’s involvement in the club. Rugby union has long been considered the social habitus of the middle-classes, a community purported to be resistant to social change. Fifty-six questionnaires provided context to the study, followed by six semi-structured interviews, exploring the hopes and expectations of each parent. The results highlighted that middle-class parents considered that the club was a place in which to develop their own and their child’s social capital; whilst reinforcing analogous social values with parents from similar middle-class backgrounds. Additionally, it was found that these parents gave precedence to a child’s educational needs, over that of their sporting desires. The implications of these findings are significant for all those that wish to promote, participate or be involved in rugby union.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV201 Physical education and training
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Physical Education and Sports Coaching
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2017 15:26
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017 15:26
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2665

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