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The Challenges of Promoting Social Inclusion through Sport: The Experience of a Sport-Based Initiative in Italy

Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, 20123 Milan, Italy
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Received: 12 March 2021 / Revised: 20 April 2021 / Accepted: 7 May 2021 / Published: 12 May 2021
Social inclusion is broadly recognized as a priority to accomplish at an international level. While the influence of sport toward this social mission has been largely debated, literature lacks contributions capturing the challenges of sport when promoting social inclusion. Based in case study methodology, the investigation explores the impact of a multi-stakeholder sport initiative developing social inclusion for socially vulnerable youth and the related challenges of the intervention through in-depth interviews with diverse program stakeholders. The main findings indicated the emergence of four challenges: limited transferability of program outcomes for youth in living conditions of severe vulnerability; drop-out of youth in living conditions of severe vulnerability; limited sustainability of program social workers; lack of sports club management skills. The work highlights some limits of sport-based programs for social inclusion and discusses some implications for practice to maximize the societal impact of such interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: sport-for-development; sport-based program; social inclusion; socially vulnerable youth; Italy sport-for-development; sport-based program; social inclusion; socially vulnerable youth; Italy
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D’Angelo, C.; Corvino, C.; Gozzoli, C. The Challenges of Promoting Social Inclusion through Sport: The Experience of a Sport-Based Initiative in Italy. Societies 2021, 11, 44. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/soc11020044

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D’Angelo C, Corvino C, Gozzoli C. The Challenges of Promoting Social Inclusion through Sport: The Experience of a Sport-Based Initiative in Italy. Societies. 2021; 11(2):44. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/soc11020044

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D’Angelo, Chiara, Chiara Corvino, and Caterina Gozzoli. 2021. "The Challenges of Promoting Social Inclusion through Sport: The Experience of a Sport-Based Initiative in Italy" Societies 11, no. 2: 44. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/soc11020044

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