You don’t win anything with kids: an investigation into football’s grass roots system

Delgado, Eliomar (2013) You don’t win anything with kids: an investigation into football’s grass roots system. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In 1995, football pundit and ex-footballer Alan Hansen said the famous quote “you don’t win anything with kids” on BBC’s Match of the Day. He referred to the English academy system and saying that in order to be a successful football team, players can’t just be pulled out of academies and placed into first team set ups.
    There is a premise in England that success has to be instant, resulting in many talented, young, British footballers being overlooked by managers who opt to sign and field foreign players in their starting XI; instead of perhaps saving money and investing their time on the players in the academy.
    Only in the last decade have the sporting organisations of England become aware of the need to improve grass roots football. This journalism special exercise investigates some key areas of youth development that have experienced change since the problem was first recognised.
    This project looks into how the youth development system in the UK is run, funded and utilised by footballs organising bodies. It further includes a look inside the day-to-day tasks of England’s lower league academies as well as exploring how Spain’s Atlético Madrid may see their academy in a different way to clubs in England.
    Additionally, this special exercise will analyse the context of articles written by the UK press about the England national team, critically examining two major themes which contribute to how the team is reported on. It critically analyses the representation of young England internationals, specifically Jack Wilshere, in the press, arguing that sports writers may not always have football on their mind when reporting on the England National team.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 16:45
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:31

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