Barriers to participation in women’s rugby through the perceptions and experiences of female KS4 pupils

Gosney, Martha (2016) Barriers to participation in women’s rugby through the perceptions and experiences of female KS4 pupils. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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This study explores the previous research on the barriers to women’s participation in rugby and compares it with current research into the perceived perceptions and experiences of KS4 girls to ascertain whether those barriers still exist, or whether there are alternative reasons why rugby is still such a male dominated sport.
The research, using 20 pupils from each of three schools in the South East of England, was carried out using questionnaires and face to face interviews. The participants for the questionnaires were selected at random from girls KS4 Physical Education curriculum classes. After the initial paper based questions four pairs of students from each school were interviewed in face to face meetings. The research questions and interviews were based around comparing rugby against netball- a female dominated sport and football -a masculine dominated sport.
The main findings from the study revealed that although there is still stereotyping labelling in connection with girl’s participation in rugby this is not the major cause for the lack of female participation within the sport. Instead the most significant deterrent was the lack of opportunity the girls currently receive in Physical Education curriculum rugby lessons, which was identified by pupils as substandard to that which the boys receive. The result of a lack of opportunity also raised other issues, such as the negative labelling of a rugby women’s body image and the views and opinions that significant others have on girl’s participation in rugby. The comparisons of the two other sports, netball and football, suggested individuals are nurtured into gendered specific sports from a young age.

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 15:35
Last Modified: 03 May 2018 14:20

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