Literature review on Diverse and Inclusive Teams for Children under 12

In the context of the Erasmus+ funded project, DITEAM12, ICSSPE took charge of conducting a comprehensive literature review on diversity and inclusion in grassroots sport.

 

The literature review was performed systematically, using a database search with keyword terms related to the topics of diversity, inclusion and grassroots sport. The collection of evidence-based studies, is a resourceful reference for

  • Practitioners - who are interested in discovering the current trends on diversity and inclusion in grassroots sport
  • Coaches and clubs - who would like to expand their knowledge and understanding of how to open the playing fields to accommodate diversity and increase inclusion
  • Parents - who are involved in grassroots sport and would like to understand how to take on the role of supporter and safe-space provider

Key takeaways from the literature review:

  • There is a strong need for de-emphasising competitive aspects of grassroots sports.
  • Cooperation, fun-orientated and task-orientated activities are essential elements of inclusive sports programmes.
  • Coaches must be competent and have a comprehensive understanding of inclusion in order to uphold these values
  • Parents role in grassroots sport should be that of support, positivity and the safe-space

The preliminary findings of the systematic literature review represent the foundation of the nest steps in the project and are available to download as a PDF here.