Sport for development and peace in divided societies: developing cross-community sport partnerships in Israel

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Equity and Inclusion in Physical Activity and Sport, 2013, 2nd Edition, pp. 102 - 124
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The idea of using sport for social, cultural and community development has been promoted for decades; however, only limited empirical research can be found that analyses the strategic potential of sport projects in contributing to conflict resolution, reconciliation and peace building in deeply divided societies. This chapter overviews the experiences of a number of Football 4 Peace (F4P) projects operating in Israel between 2001 and 2010, and concentrates in more detail on two typical CCSP (Cross Community Sport Partnerships), one that was established in 2004 and another in 2009. Among other things, the chapter focuses on and assesses the role played by external change agents in facilitating project delivery and development. Following an interpretive mode of enquiry, observations, diary records and focus group discussions with key project facilitators and sport coaches were conducted exploring participant experiences and using this information to develop practical recommendations for social development through sport.
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