The Organisation of Community Football, A Barrier to Environmental Change

Carmichael, Andrew orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-9540-2114 (2020) The Organisation of Community Football, A Barrier to Environmental Change. Managing Sport and Leisure . ISSN 2375-0472

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The aim of this research was to identify the extent of, and barriers, to pro-environmental activity within community-based, association football clubs in England
Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with volunteers at community football clubs in the FA county of ‘North Country’.
The ownership and management of football facilities provides for a low level of independent decision making by clubs and negates the encouragement of pro-environmental activity.
Practical Implications
Strategies for increased environmental activity in football need to look beyond individual clubs and volunteers to the way the sport is organised.
Research Contribution
This research adds to a football and environment literature in its infancy and expands consideration of the non-professional sector of the game in academic work.

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