Community sports for AT-risk youth: innovative strategies for improving personal development, health and social CoHesion | CATCH

CATCH | Community sports for AT-risk youth: innovative strategies for improving personal development, health and social CoHesionCATCH is an interdisciplinary and interuniversity strategic basic research project (2016-2020) carried out by the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy (Ghent University), the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care (Ghent University) and the research group Sport and Society (Free University of Brussels). Starting from the three research lines (health, personal development and social cohesion), the research focusses on the main research question: 'What are working mechanisms and facilitating conditions which are inherent to community based sport activities and contribute to the social inclusion of socially vulnerable youth (15-25 years) and how can these be applied into existing community sport practices?'. The research project, which is subsidized by the Flemish government, aspires to give input to research, as well as to practice and policy.
The department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy contributes to the research line of social cohesion, by putting the following questions up front: (1) which conceptualizations of social cohesion can be found in community sport practices?; (2) How do community sport practices contribute to social cohesion?; (3) Which role do (community) sport practices get/have in order to enhance social cohesion?

Promoter(s): Prof. Rudi Roose, Prof. Lieve Bradt
Researcher(s)/contact: Shana Sabbe
Website: http://www.buurtsport.vlaanderen/catch