Male participation in netball

Randell, A. (2021) Male participation in netball. Undergraduate theses, University of Chichester.

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The present study aimed to explore men’s netball and the reasons behind reduced participation through the supporting work of Connell (1987) and gender stereotypes which have formed the nature of the female dominated sport. A total of fifteen male netball players, umpires and coaches, with a minimum two year experience were interviewed using a semi structured approach. Questions were focused around several areas of enquiry: social stigma, societal perception, institutional influence, the current growth of men’s netball and its future. The interviews were then transcribed, and Braun and Clarke’s (2006) thematic analysis procedure was used to identify a range of emerging themes. The data suggested male participation is minimal due to historical dynamic, socialisation, social practice and the body, all supported and evidenced by Connell (1987). Furthermore, a widely acknowledged theme within the findings was the structuring of society which was reflected through perceived lack of governing body involvement and funding for men’s netball which has generated fewer opportunities to grow the sport. Practical implications of such research have created a strong foundation for future literature to expand upon, and an opportunity for national governing bodies such as England Netball to use this research to alter societal perception towards men playing netball based upon gender stereotyping.

Publication Type: Theses (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Sport Business and Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: netball, men, team games
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV201 Physical education and training
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Sport Social Sciences
Student Research > Undergraduate
Depositing User: Michelle Farndell
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2021 10:27
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2021 10:27

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