Positive Youth Development Through Sport

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Nicholas L. Holt
Routledge, 2008 - 137 ˹

The first Positive Youth Development title to focus on the role of sport, this book brings together high profile contributors from diverse disciplines to critically examine the ways in which sport can be and has been used to promote youth development.

Young people are too frequently looked upon as problems waiting to be solved. From the perspective of Positive Youth Development (PYD), young people are understood to embody potential, awaiting development.

Involvement with sport provides a developmental context that has been associated with PYD, but negative outcomes can also arise from sport participation and school PE. Sport itself does not lead to PYD; rather, it is the manner in which sport is structured and delivered to children that influences their development. Positive Youth Development Through Sport fills a void in the literature by bringing together experts from diverse disciplines to critically examine the ways in which sport can be and has been used to promote youth development.

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Nicholas Holt is the founder of fakealibi.com and Holtech Ltd. He has been featured on numerous international media, including CNN and the BBC. Elizabeth Hutcheson is a freelance writer and photographer.

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