'Captain England? Maybe one day I will': career paths of elite partially sighted footballers

Jessica Macbeth, Jonathan Magee

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This article outlines the development of disability football and then examines the career paths of a group of partially sighted footballers selected to represent England at the Partially Sighted World Championships (PSWC) in 2004. Data were collected through questionnaires and focus group interviews and analysis re veals that three key ways into partially sighted football presently exist: educational institutions; pan-disability football; and professional football clubs. This article adopts a social construction approach in an attempt to highlight social and political factors that combine to prevent partially sighted footballers from experiencing a 'normalized' career path that mirrors the Football Association's Disability Player Pathway model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-462
Number of pages19
JournalSport in Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes

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