An investigation into working class females’ barriers to participation in sport.

Alford, Sophie (2017) An investigation into working class females’ barriers to participation in sport. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

[img] Text
Sophie Alford.pdf - Submitted Version
Restricted to Registered users only
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (1MB)


This study investigated the barriers faced by working class females in their participation in sport. Results were obtained through qualitative life history interviews of five participants who met the criteria of being both a female and working class with history involvement in sport through self-identification. The findings showed that all five participants experienced similar barriers based on the sociological factors that caused them to be less privileged in sport. Yet, all five participants reported to have self-managed and overcome these barriers to sustain their participation and involvement in sport usually by parental support and adjustment of lifestyle factors. Findings showed that there was an acknowledgement to being less privileged in terms of their economic capital and demands of different sporting environments but despite these issues, participation within sport still became a core part of the participants lives just through a slightly more considered approach. The study found a couple of implications that using life history interviews with the age of the participants caused a slightly more limited range of information. Further research would also need to look at those non-participating working class females and to focus on the barriers they face as opposed to the ones who are already in sport. Conclusions were made upon all participants reporting to have experienced barriers to some extent and that similar ways to overcome these usually through economic alterations, allowed participation to be sustained. Future research needs to focus on the ways to establish more equal opportunities within sport regardless of sociological factors such as social class and gender.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA Physical Education and Sports Coaching
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV201 Physical education and training
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV711 Coaching
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Physical Education and Sports Coaching
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 15:21
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 15:38

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item