Sports participation levels amongst male Millwall fans
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This qualitative study will research into the spectatorship habits and sport participation levels among fans of Millwall Football Club. This is an important area to study because as Robson, (2000, p. ix) notes “Millwall fandom has been the focus of surprisingly little serious examination.” Seven male fans with season tickets to Millwall football club will be interviewed and asked about their support for Millwall and their habits as a spectator. They will also be asked questions on their levels of sport participation. The aims of this investigation are to look for the relationship between being a spectator and actively participating in sport and also to look at reasons for their support. The interviews will give an insight into devoted support of a football team and the social scene that surrounds their support. Conclusions drawn from the study will be of academic benefit as a sociological study. As a spectator sport football fans historically and in the present day play an important part in maintaining its success. The research of spectators is necessary for both football clubs and sports sociologists and while there is extensive research into certain areas of football “little research has been done around the loyalty of soccer fans.” (www.le.ac.uk). The use of Millwall Football Club as the study area will also be beneficial to sports sociologists and organisations working in the local area at improving sporting opportunities for the community.
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