Macbeth, Jessica Louise
Restrictions of activity in partially sighted football: experiences of grassroots players.
Leisure Studies, 28
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02614360903071696
This article examines restrictions of activity experienced by partially sighted individuals when accessing football opportunities at the grassroots level. The social relational understanding of disability enables an understanding of the manifestation of socially imposed restrictions of activity and ‘impairment effects’ within this particular sporting context. Although some players experience impairment effects, restrictions of activity are also socially imposed and constitute disability. The organisation of the British Blind Sport Visually Impaired Football League (BBSVIFL) forces players to travel long distances to participate and poor awareness of opportunities presents a further socially imposed restriction of activity. An increasing emphasis on competition over participation in the BBSVIFL and the
classification of partially sighted footballers are socially imposed restrictions of activity for players with more severe visual impairment. A change in the format of football in the BBSVIFL from five-a-side to Futsal, the format of small-sided football recognised by Federation Internationale de Football Association and played in all international tournaments, raises further concerns. For players with more severe visual impairment, this change could lead to another socially imposed restriction of activity which has the potential to leave them in ‘no man’s land’ in terms of access to football opportunities.
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