• Volume 1; Issue 2 Published

    The Journal of Sport for Development (JSFD) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal focused on publishing research from the Sport for Development sector. JSFD’s mission is to examine, advance and disseminate evidence, best practices, and lessons learned from Sport for Development programmes and interventions.
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    We are accepting manuscript submissions for upcoming issues of JSFD. Please view the Instructions for Authors page if you are interested in submitting. Articles will be published online in advance of the full Issue's publication.

Recent Articles

Coaches’ Perspectives on Sport-Plus Programmes for Underserved Youth: An Exploratory Study in South Africa

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Increasing global awareness and a growing appreciation for sport for development programmes has led the post-apartheid South African government to use sport as a tool for empowering marginalized and impoverished communities. However, the sport for development programmes that have received the greatest governmental support and been evaluated by researchers have been “top-down” development projects, which have been criticised for …

Discourses at Work in Media Reports on Right To Play’s “Promoting Life-Skills in Aboriginal Youth” Program

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The Promoting Life-Skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, developed by Right To Play, in partnership with First Nations communities and with the support of the Government of Ontario, has been used as an attempt to foster life-skills development in First Nations youth. In this study, we employ critical discourse analysis to investigate the way that both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal media sources produce understandings of PLAY. Our results indicate that there is a sharp divide between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sources…

Sport and crime prevention: Individuality and transferability in research

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Researchers have examined sport practices as a means of crime prevention. The article reviews the international body of literature on this subject from a social constructionist perspective. By exploring the idea of sport as a means of crime prevention, the article considers what is described on the subject and how these descriptions are articulated. Through a content analysis, the article aims to develop categories and provide an analytical discussion of the findings…

Plus-sport: The impact of a cross-cultural soccer coaching exchange

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Developing and Improving Synergies in Chinese and United States Soccer (DISCUSS), was a two-way coaching exchange program that took place in 2010-2011. The goal of the program was to increase cultural understanding between the representatives of each country, in addition to exchanging soccer coaching information. The purpose of this study was to comprehensively evaluate the DISCUSS program. Specifically, the investigation centered on…

Advancing the Evidence Base of Sport for Development: A New Open-Access, Peer-Reviewed Journal

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This editorial clarifies for researchers, implementers, funders and policy-makers how JSFD fits into the expanding sport for development landscape. Our objective is to examine, advance and disseminate evidence, best practices, and lessons learned from SFD programmes and interventions. We aim to publish both quantitative and qualitative studies that can better inform the SFD sector. This includes [...]

Sport for Development events and social capital building: a critical analysis of experiences from Sri Lanka

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In answering the call for empirical evaluations, this paper investigated the role of a sport-for-development project in contributing to intergroup development and social capital building between disparate communities in ethnically divided Sri Lanka. Thirty-one semi-structured interviews were conducted with various stakeholders after the weekend-long Intercultural Sports Meeting project in rural Sri Lanka, assessing participant experiences, behaviour [...]

Associations between sport involvement and youth psychosocial development in Sweden: a longitudinal study

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There is a widespread belief that organised sport can be used as a tool for positive youth development. However, phenomena such as parental pressure, binge drinking, doping, bullying and marginalisation are also present within the sport milieu, with potential risks for negative outcomes. The aim of the present study was to examine the longitudinal effects of organised sport involvement on indicators of youth psychosocial development over 24 months [...]

Physical inactivity among adolescents in Managua, Nicaragua: a cross-sectional study and legal analysis

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This study examined whether (i) there exists an association between sex and physical inactivity among Nicaraguan adolescents and (ii) Nicaragua is in compliance with its CEDAW obligations to ensure gender equality in sports and physical activity. Structured interviews were conducted with 100 adolescents (13-17 years) in public high schools in Managua. In addition, Nicaragua’s legal framework was reviewed, with reference to physical activity [...]

Sport for Development Programmes for Girls and Women: A Global Assessment

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Using a framework of sport for development (SFD) theory and programme objectives set forth by the UN, this study identified trends in sport for SFD programmes for girls and women. The number of SFD programmes, objectives, and intended impacts identified in this study suggests that the abundance of policies supporting sport and women’s development is a step forward in the quest for global gender equity and the achievement of various Millennium Development Goals [...]