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Achieving Inclusivity and Diversity In and Through Sport

 

Researchers in this theme explore how inclusivity and diversity can be achieved in and through sport. The principle focus of the researchers in this theme is gender equity in sports leadership. The core membership of the theme includes members of staff associated with the Anita White Foundation (AWF). The AWF educates, empowers and invests in female leaders and scholars in sport, preserves heritage of the women and sport movement, conducts and facilitates impactful research and champions gender equity in sports leadership. Its flagship programme, the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) was shortlisted for a Beyond Sport Award for Gender Equality. Research in this theme has, recently, expanded to include research examining safeguarding of children, the use of sport with refugee communities, community and disability sports coaching and research exploring the classification system for blind football.

Interested in finding out more about this research area or getting involved in our research projects? Please email Dr Suzie Everley (s.everley@chi.ac.uk) or Dr Jordan Matthews (jordan.matthews@chi.ac.uk).

Gender equity in sports leadership

 

The (lack of) gender balance within sports leadership has gained increasing traction in the UK. Globally, varying efforts are being attempted by significant sporting organisations. At the University of Chichester, we are particularly interested in the experiences and development of women leaders in sport, sport for development, eSports and how this can contribute to gender equity in sports leadership.

We have explored the topic of women leaders in sport nationally (Piggott et al., 2019), globally (Fasting et al., 2018) and over time (Matthews, 2018). We have a track record of doctoral student completions and are also home to the globally-recognised Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA).

Interested in finding out more about this research area or getting involved in our research projects? Please email Dr Suzie Everley (s.everley@chi.ac.uk) or Dr Jordan Matthews (jordan.matthews@chi.ac.uk).


Key publications

Fasting, K., Pike, E., Matthews, J., and Sand, T.S. (2018). From Helsinki to Gaborone: IWG Progress Report 2013-2018. Gaborone: IWG.

Pike, E.C.J., White, A., Matthews, J.J.K., Southon, S., and Piggott, L.V. (2018) Women and Sport Leadership: A Case Study of a Development Programme. In Mansfield, L., Caudwell, J., Watson, R. and Wheaton, B (Eds). The Palgrave Handbook of Feminisms in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 809-824.

Piggott, L.V., Pike, E.C.J., and Matthews, J.J.K. (2019) A ‘Sporting Future’ for all?: A Review of Gender Diversity in English Sports Leadership. In Elling, A., Hovden, J., and Knoppers, A. (Eds). Gender Diversity in European Sport Leadership. London: Routledge.

Matthews, J.J.K. (2018) Tensions and future directions for the women and sport movement. In Mansfield, L., Caudwell, J., Watson, R. and Wheaton, B (Eds). The Palgrave Handbook of Feminisms in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 181-199.

Matthews, J.J.K., and Pike, E.C.J. (2016) “What on earth are they doing in a racing car?”: Towards an Understanding of Women in Motorsport. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 33(13), 1532-1550. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09523367.2016.1168811


Key Staff

Dr Suzie Everley

Dr Jordan Matthews

Blind Football

Safeguarding Children