Football - more than just a game of two halves
Collaborating with Dr Daniel Parnell, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, the publication builds on the research undertaken in the Centre of Active Lifestyles investigating the role of football club community trusts in delivering health promotion programmes for their local communities.
Speaking about the publication, Dr Pringle said: “The aim of the special issue was to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the current work undertaken in football and health improvement, providing an interesting balance of academic and practitioner articles. We were keen for both researcher-led and practitioner-led contributions from those working within football and health improvement, including intervention studies and I was delighted by the response of our peers.
The final version includes the perspectives of key stakeholders from football club community trusts, national football charities and public health on the role of football in promoting the health and wellbeing in local communities. Their perspectives run alongside those of international contributors; from colleagues in Scandinavia (children and football) to Israel and USA jointly (football, health and conflict resolution), as well as collaborators here in the United Kingdom, including our own Active Lifestyle researchers Kathryn Curran, Stephen Zwolinsky and Professor Jim McKenna."
In what is believed to be one of the few special issues dedicated to this important topic, articles published reflect the increasing importance of football, football charities and football clubs as part of the framework for public health improvement within the communities they serve.
The special issue is due to be published in print later this year, however, papers that are to be included can be found at: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/showAxaArticles?journalCode=fsas20&