Youth Leisure As The Context For Youth Sport

Authored by: Ken Roberts

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415840033
eBook ISBN: 9780203795002
Adobe ISBN: 9781134469932

10.4324/9780203795002.ch3

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Abstract

How does a wider leisure context add to our understanding of youth and sport? It makes two important contributions. First, we realise that most of the young people who do little if any sport, and those who take part less often as they grow older, are rarely becoming couch potatoes. Rather, they are diverting their time, money and attention to other forms of leisure. Second, we realise that youth is not the life stage when individuals are most likely to be drawn into sport and in which they remain for life. This applies with visits to pubs and bars. Quite the reverse applies with sport. Youth is the life stage when drop-out from sport peaks and the explanation lies in the greater appeal of other uses of leisure.

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