Research Workshop

From 20th-22nd October academics from the Utrecht and Turku Universities of Applied Sciences visited Manchester to participate in a workshop aimed at developing future collaborative research.

Initial discussions about collaborating began at the CARPE conference in May 2015, and we were delighted to welcome our colleagues to Manchester to further discussions on a variety of research topics. We now have several exciting projects to move forward with, and will share more information on this very soon.

We also discussed the possibility of student and staff mobility between Manchester and Utrecht, and we are looking make arrangements for students from Utrecht to visit Manchester to work on projects with MMU students.


Soccer and Society Special Edition articles now available

Chris Porter, Anthony May and Annabel Kiernan have guest-edited a special edition of Soccer and Society titled “Football, Community and Sustainability”, and the articles from the collection are now available online.

The special edition contains articles by Dan Parnell and colleagues, Roy Krovel, Steve Menary, Juan Luis Paramio-Salcines and colleagues, Will Simpson, Adriano Gomez-Bantel, Nin Siriwat and Carolina Brill, and Mick Totten. We have written the introduction which ties all the articles together under the central theme of sustainability, and this is available here.

The collection covers many different elements of sustainability, including community resilience, sustainable approaches to long-term coaching projects, the sustainability of player migration between continents, and sustainable approaches to sport marketing. We hope that the collection will be of use to colleagues and students alike, and thank the managing editors and editorial board of Soccer and Society for the opportunity to make this contribution to the field.October 29th, 2015 - 14:31pm 


Fare project report now available

The final report for our Fare-sponsored project, “The Positive Inclusion of Migrant Communities In and Through Football” is now available for download.

We hope that the report, which contains a toolkit of recommendations for clubs, governing bodies, charities, and fans, will be useful to these stakeholders and promote inclusion both in and through football.


CSFC co-organise Dementia Cafe event

On 14th October Annabel Kiernan attended a Dementia Cafe event that she co-organised with the EachStep care home in Blackley, Manchester, and the Manchester County FA.

The event featured former Manchester City goalkeeper Alex Williams, ex-Manchester United star Lou Macari, and Colin Bridgeford, the Chief Executive of the Manchester FA. Williams and Macari shared stories from their playing days, and encouraged attendees to share their own football memories. Guests also had the opportunity to hold the Manchester Senior Cup.

The Dementia Cafe runs on the second Wednesday of each month and is an initiative launched by Community Integrated Care, the charity that manages the EachStep care home. The aim is to provide opportunities for those living with dementia to share their experiences, receive expert advice, and relax. We hope to be involved in more Dementia Cafe events in the future.


Football Cultures and Communities at Manchester Met International Summer School

On Thursday 23rd July, Anthony May took sessions on Football Cultures and Communities at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Summer School on British Culture and History.

The sessions focused on the development of football in the United Kingdom, from mob football right through to the global industry that the sport is in the 21st century.

Students also visited the National Football Museum and learned about the history of football in Manchester.

The Summer School’s administrator, John Singh-Green, said:

“Football, Culture & Communities was included in the programme for the International Summer School 2015 as the subject is a key component of British life.  The aim of the programme is to introduce students to British History & Culture and with football being the nation’s favourite sport it is only appropriate that students learn about its role within society”.


CSFC present at European College of Sport Science Congress

Held in Malmo, Sweden, the event featured over 1000 delegates from across the world, presenting on Sport Science and the Politics and Sociology of Sport.

Our paper was titled “Attitudes to Sustainability Amongst English Football Fans” and was very well received. We are currently working on an article which will expand on the findings discussed in the paper. We were part of a panel that examined issues of sustainability in global football, and featured colleagues from Norway, Professor Roy Krovel (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences) and Dr Nina Lager Vestberg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).  Conference President Dr Aage Radmann of Malmo University also presented a very interesting paper on Ultra movements and sustainability, and Dr Ary Rocco Jr of the University of Sao Paolo presented on coverage of female athletes in the Brazilian media. We’re looking forward to working on wider projects with other presenters, as the panel was very well received and examined a number of important issues regarding the sustainability of football on local, national and international levels.


CSFC present at Weightmans Wednesday event

The seminar was organised by Joanne Williams, a solicitor at Weightmans LLP in Manchester. One of the main aims of the seminar was to give an invited audience of early career practitioners in the legal and banking sectors an insight into an important and interesting element of Manchester’s civic identity. CSFC were chosen for the event to provide that expertise. The event also provided knowledge exchange and networking opportunities for delegates.

Anthony May presented information on the Centre’s conferences, seminar series, knowledge exchange events, and one of our current projects, “Positive Inclusion of Migrant Communities In and Through Football”.

Chris Porter discussed his research into Manchester’s footballing communities and identities, with a particular focus on the contemporary history of Manchester United, Manchester City, and FC United of Manchester. Chris’ work was of particular interest to delegates, many of whom support a football club in the Manchester area.

The event revealed a number of interesting possibilities for collaboration, and we hope to welcome delegates to some of our future events.


June 2015 Update

On 19th May Annabel Kiernan and Chris Porter participated in a round table event at the third CARPE network conference, held at the Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
The round table event was titled “The Social Function of Sport” and was jointly organised by CSFC and colleagues at the HU Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Stijn Verhagen, Eelco Koot and Froukje Smits.

Annabel discussed CSFC’s research project, “Positive Inclusion of Migrant Communities In and Through Football”, and Chris talked about his work on identity within Manchester’s football communities. Stijn, Eelco and Froukje presented two of their projects, “Coaching Power” and “Vitalising Sports Clubs”.

We aim to work alongside colleagues at Utrecht on future projects that examine the different roles that sport can play within society, both in the UK and the Netherlands.

Anthony May’s Latest Article Published in Sociological Research Online
Anthony May has published a new article which examines laws recently introduced in Scotland which are aimed towards reducing violence and expressions of hatred at football matches. Titled “An ‘anti-Sectarian’ Act? Examining the Importance of National Identity to the ‘Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act’”, the article has been published by Sociological Research Online and is available here.

The article is part of a special edition on sport, politics and society and it has been co-edited by Associate Member Peter Millward.

Chris Porter Discusses Fan Rivalries on BBC Radio Nottingham
Ahead of a charity football match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest fans on May 29th, Dr Chris Porter appeared on BBC Radio Nottingham to discuss the sociology of fan rivalry.
Host Mark Dennison asked Chris to talk about the particular importance of geography and history to rivalries between football. He also asked for examples from British and European football of rivalries that are not based on the geographical location of clubs.

Chris also discussed the sociology of rivalry, and talked about the idea that rivalry between clubs is healthy as it helps to contribute to the heightened levels of emotion that fans experience when their teams win an important game. The interview can be heard from 2 hours and 51 minutes via this link.

Student Affiliates and Associate Members Update
Last month, we launched a new category of membership, affiliated students. This is for students who have worked with us, attended our events, or written for our blog. It is open for students from all universities.

Our first affiliated student was Jake Shepherd, a sociology undergraduate at MMU. We have now added two more affiliates, Ray Olaniyan, a Public Services student at MMU, and Michel Renssen, a Sports Marketing student at Hogeschool Rotterdam.

Associate Member Adriano Gomez-Bantel will be publishing a book in November which examines a diplomatic mission to Mexico undertaken by VfB Stuttgart. This will initially be available in German – more details on the book are available here.

Associate Members
By becoming an Associate Member of the Centre, you will gain access to the Members Only section where we will be posting opportunities for collaborative working, progress on collaborative publications and videos of our seminar series. Currently available within the Members Only section are videos from the seminars given by Roy Krøvel, Dave Waddington, and Mark Doidge. We have just added videos from this year’s conference – all the papers presented at this year’s event can be seen in full, along with full footage of every keynote delivered at the event.

If you are interested in becoming an Associate Member, please contact us at csfc@mmu.ac.uk for further information.


CSFC present research at the CARPE Network conference

The round table event was titled “The Social Function of Sport” and was jointly organised by CSFC and colleagues at the HU Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Stijn Verhagen, Eelco Koot and Froukje Smits.

Annabel discussed CSFC’s research project, “Positive Inclusion of Migrant Communities In and Through Football”, and Chris talked about his work on identity within Manchester’s football communities. Stijn, Eelco and Froukje presented two of their projects, “Coaching Power” and “Vitalising Sports Clubs”.

We aim to work alongside colleagues at Utrecht on future projects that examine the different roles that sport can play within society, both in the UK and the Netherlands. The round table demonstrated that there is a great deal of potential for future collaborations and we already have some ideas as to how a partnership can develop.

The event also revealed potential to work with researchers at Turku University of Applied Sciences on projects that examine football and community.

We took some photos of the event which can be viewed below:


May 2015 Update

This month, we will release our first output from the Fare-supported project, “Positive Inclusion of Refugee and Migrant Communities In and Through Football”.

This will take the form of a downloadable toolkit containing the key findings of the project and recommendations for key stakeholders, including clubs, governing bodies, local authorities, and national governments. Once it is completed the toolkit will be available from our website, and will also be made available by partners in the project.

A longer academic article will follow the release of the toolkit, containing further detail on findings and recommendations.

Visit from Hogeschool Rotterdam
On Monday 20th April we played host to 24 students and three staff members from the school of Sport Management and Marketing at Hogeschool Rotterdam. Proceedings began at the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City. Students made presentations on their final year group projects, which are being jointly supervised by staff in Rotterdam and CSFC members Annabel Kiernan and Anthony May. The two projects presented focus on corporate social responsibility and fan identity in the Netherlands, using English contexts for comparison.

After the presentations, the group were given a tour of the Etihad stadium which included the opportunity to go pitchside and also to visit the inner sanctum of any football club, the home dressing room. In the afternoon, the group travelled to the National Football Museum where they were given a guided tour. The visit forms part of a wider partnership between CSFC and Hogeschool Rotterdam, and we hope to organise similar events in the future.

Associate Member News
Jamie Cleland has written two new books which will be of interest to anyone interested in the sociology of football. The first is titled “Football’s Dark Side: Corruption, Homophobia, Violence and Racism in the Beautiful Game”, and the second is “A Sociology of Football in a Global Context”. Both are sure to feature strongly on reading lists for modules focusing on the sociology of sport.

Sean Huddleston recently wrote a blog post for us discussing broadcasting rights for Scottish football. This generated a high amount of web traffic for our site and was shared on Twitter, Facebook, other websites, and on Scottish football forums. The impact of this post was very high and we hope to maintain this level with regular blog posts. If you are interested in writing for us, please get in touch.

We will now be running a regular news section promoting the work of our associate members, just one of the benefits of joining the Centre as an associate. More details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Student Affiliates
We have launched a new category of membership, affiliated students. This is for students who have worked with us, attended our events, or written for our blog. It is open for students from all universities.

Our first affiliated student is Jake Shepherd, a sociology undergraduate at MMU. He has attended a number of our events and written for our blog.

Associate Members
By becoming an Associate Member of the Centre, you will gain access to the Members Only section where we will be posting opportunities for collaborative working, progress on collaborative publications and videos of our seminar series. Currently available within the Members Only section are videos from the seminars given by Roy Krøvel, Dave Waddington, and Mark Doidge. We have just added videos from this year’s conference – all the papers presented at this year’s event can be seen in full, along with full footage of every keynote delivered at the event.

If you are interested in becoming an Associate Member, please contact us at csfc@mmu.ac.uk for further information.

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