Potential Barriers to Sport at Different Levels of the Sports Continuum

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Football:
Women:
Foundation:
At foundation level women face many barriers when trying to participate in sport. In football women may come up against cultural barriers which could stop them from playing this could be because of the stereotypical perception that they should be at home and that it is an unfeminine thing to do this could stop then from participating, also they may have been brought up in a very feminine world so they are more likely to play something like netball rather than football, another cultural barrier could be the persons religion as some Christians will not play on a Sunday which is when most foundation level teams play.
Another barrier which women could face at foundation level would be social barriers, these could
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Performance:
At performance level women will come up against similar cultural barriers when trying to participate in sport. In football women may come up against these barriers which could stop them from playing. This is probably because of the stereotypical perception that they should be at home and that it is an unfeminine thing to do. Additionally they may have been brought up in a very feminine world so they are more likely to play something like netball rather than football, all performance level football is played on a Saturday so this is a barrier to women who are Jewish as this is their day of rest so many of them believe this to be a day shouldn’t be playing sports.
Another barrier which women could face at performance level would be social barriers, again like in both previous levels because of the masculine nature of the sport, therefore women who are playing may come under scrutiny for playing in a male dominated sport, which as a consequence may force them to quit as some of their friends may criticize them for it.
An Additional barrier that women could face at this level could be an economic one, as the players at this level will need to be fully equipped with all of the basic equipment as well as travelling costs and coaching. This is a barrier because women do not get paid as much as men in football therefore they may have to acquire

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