An investigation into the barriers for women in taking on a leadership role in real tennis.

Garside, Jessica (2017) An investigation into the barriers for women in taking on a leadership role in real tennis. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

The aim of the research was to investigate the barriers for women in taking on a leadership role in Real Tennis. The research took a qualitative approach, conducting nine semi-structured interviews with selected participants who had experience of leadership within Real Tennis. The results were analysed using different theories of feminism, such as radical feminism, liberal feminism and Marxist feminism, allowing the researcher to make recommendations based around the activist-led approach. The researcher found multiple barriers presented to women in taking on a leadership role in Real Tennis, including the characteristics which the participants associated with a leader, the lack of access opportunities for women and the under-representation of women leaders. In addition, there was a deficiency of knowledge based around a woman’s capability to lead and the perception that women did not encounter such barriers. The researcher interviewed a small sample, suggesting that the results were not highly generalisable. However, the study succeeded in interviewing participants who obtained senior leadership positions, causing the data collection to be less time-consuming. The study suggested that Real Tennis should consider following similar legislation, such as that introduced by Sport England and UK Sport, introducing quotas whereby equal numbers of men and women were obtained on national governing body boards and associations. It also recommended a focus on increasing the general participation of females in Real Tennis to increase the likelihood of women willing to take on such roles. The increased participation rates of females and the following of legislation will initiate the gradual elimination of the patriarchal society in which Real Tennis promotes.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons)Sport Business & Management
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV201 Physical education and training
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV711 Coaching
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Departments > Sport Development and Management
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2017 10:24
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3004

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