Sport For Social Change Case Study

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This essay looks towards “sport for social change”. Sport for social change could be described as using sport as a tool to change behaviours at varying levels from individuals, to communities, to society as a whole (Lauer, 1982). In particular the essay will discover the importance of a strong programme theory, monitoring and evaluation assessments, the importance the role of a “social” coach has to try and implement social change, and the need for a sustainable project. The case study that will be critiqued will be the “Sports Fusion” programme. This project looked at the possibly stressful/anxious transition process for children at the top year at primary school to becoming the lowest year at secondary school.
Coalter (2012) and Hylton
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There has been a discussion on how a programme theory needs to be realistic and “drills down” to find mechanisms that will foster change (Kay 2002; Coalter, 2012). Effective Monitoring and Evaluation would allow a practitioner to delve deeper into the mechanisms by looking into the qualities aspects of the programme, such as the relationships built between the practitioner and the participant (Adams and Harris, 2014). There has also been a reflection on the importance of a sustainable programme in order to satisfy key stakeholders of the programme (Houlihan and Green, 2010). Also, there has been a critique of a “Community Innovation Project”, Sports Fusion, and there has been a comparison between the literature presented and the actions of the programme. Overall, the programme needs to look into the how and why the programme is affecting the participants, through a more qualitative monitoring and evaluation. Finally, the programme needs to look deeper into how it can make itself more sustainable by investing more time in communicating with partners of the programme, and to plan a more appropriate way for the programme to continue after they finish their
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