Football friends: adolescent boys’ friendships inside an English professional football (soccer) academy.

Adams, A. and Carr, S., 2017. Football friends: adolescent boys’ friendships inside an English professional football (soccer) academy. Soccer and Society. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/14660970.2017.1331164

Abstract

This qualitative research draws on data from semi-structured, in-depth interviews to examine the friendships of twelve adolescent (14 and 15-year-old) boys within a professional football club Academy: a setting marked by competition for places. Findings highlight how boys fail to develop ‘deep’ friendships with other boys inside the club; their peer-relationships, even when described as ‘friendships,’ are devoid of trust and emotional intimacy. Instead, ‘being mates’ is experienced within parameters of instrumentalism and individualism leading to superficial and inauthentic friendships. There is some indication that boys developed closer friendships with boys outside of the Academy, suggesting that competition is implicated negatively in friendship-building and hinders the capabilities of these boys to develop close friendships with teammates. Concluding this paper, we acknowledge limitations of our data, discuss implications and challenges for football academies, and highlight directions for future research.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1466-0970
Uncontrolled Keywords:friendships; peer-relationships; boys; youth sport academies; football (soccer)
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:29234
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:22 May 2017 14:08
Last Modified:16 Oct 2017 15:19

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