Back to Netball: Motivations for Participation in a Female-Focused Netball Sport Program

Amy Whitehead, Kanayo Umeh, Barbara Walsh, Eleanor Whittaker, Colum Cronin
<span title="2019-04-12">2019</span> <i title="Human Kinetics"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">Women in Sport &amp; Physical Activity Journal</a> </i> &nbsp;
Back to Netball: Motivations for participation in a female focused Netball sport program. Article LJMU has developed LJMU Research Online for users to access the research output of the University more effectively. Abstract 3 Background: Back to Netball (B2N) is a UK female national sports program that has been 4 found to engage large number of females in the sport netball. This study sought to understand 5 the participant motives for engaging in this
more &raquo; ... am. Methods: Qualitative methods were 6 used following an initial quantitative survey, which was part of a wider project (outside of 7 this manuscript). Survey participants comprised of 374 females aged 16-68. Participants 8 completed an online survey to capture demographic data. Interviews were conducted with 28 9 participants either still engaged or no longer engaged in B2N. Analysis involved both 10 inductive and deductive thematic analysis to explore participant perceptions of their coach. 11 Results: Initial motives for engagement were focussed on physical health motives and social 12 motives. The coach was also found to be important in providing opportunities for competence 13 development. Therefore, competence development was found to be an important factor for 14 engagement. Participant motivations moved from an extrinsic concern with losing weight to a 15 more intrinsic foci including socialising opportunities and feelings of competence. 16 Conclusions: As a team sport B2N stimulates social engagement, competence, and other 17 motives. Coaching is also a key facilitator for engagement in B2N. This research has 18 implications for future practitioners and policy makers aiming to engage women in sport and 19 physical activity. 20
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