A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE BARRIERS TO ENGAGING AMONGST PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS YOUNG ADULT SOMALI MALES: A CASE STUDY OF CARDIFF
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Participation in sport and physical activity is recognised to be lower in the UK (Sport England 2004) and in Wales (Welsh Assembly Government 2006) among the Black and Minority Ethnic population. This case study critically investigates and explores the views of young Somali men and their attitudes towards physical activity and sport. Participants were between 18 and 25 years of age living in Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown area, Cardiff. In these areas there is high population of Somalis. Yet, research remains limited in terms of the perceptions of physical activity and sport among the Black and Minority Ethnic communities and especially among young Somali men. Semi-structured interviews with five young Somali males in the BRG area of Cardiff were conducted to find out their perceptions about physical activity and sport. Using the interview data an inductive analysis generated themes. The perceived barriers included competing priorities, pursuing a less active lifestyle in Cardiff compared to their lifestyle in Somali, fear of racial discrimination and exclusion, lack of community sport clubs, and lack of opportunities to facilities and high cost to participate. These findings may be used by policy makers, sport development officers and other key community stakeholders to derive interventions aimed to promote physical activity and sport among immigrant communities generally and specifically in Cardiff.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT DEVELOPMENT
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