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‘Net Mums’: a narrative account of participants’ experiences within a netball intervention

Walsh, BA, Whittaker, E, Cronin, CJ and Whitehead, AE (2018) ‘Net Mums’: a narrative account of participants’ experiences within a netball intervention. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. ISSN 1939-845X

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Abstract

Back to Netball (B2N) is a coach-led programme established by England Netball, to encourage inactive individuals to re-engage. B2N engages a typically hard to reach group, with 52% of participants being mums. This study aims to understand how a physical activity intervention (i.e. B2N) influences mums’ identity. There is a distinct lack of qualitative studies that include mums’ own voices and how they negotiate being physically active alongside the role expectations associated with being a mum. A qualitative approach was utilised to consider and represent participant’s experiences. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 19 women who were engaged with the Back to Netball scheme. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the experience of mothers who take part in B2N. Two key themes were identified (1) mum identity as enabler for relatedness and (2) exercise identity as an additional identity. Following the identification of the two key themes, two non-fiction constructs were created which illustrate each theme in the context of a B2N participant’s life. The narratives explore social categorisation and the development of social identity and exercise identity and how it can influence attitudes, beliefs and levels of engagement in other forms of physical activity. Practically, this paper demonstrates how future physical activity interventions can cater for a traditionally hard to reach group, such as mums. To be able to engage mums and facilitate the development of an exercise identity, relatedness should be a focus of a physical activity programme.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health on 13/03/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/2159676X.2018.1449765
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 11:20
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 14:59
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/2159676X.2018.1449765
Editors: McGannon, K
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8342

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