Inside the ‘black box’ of a long-term sport-based youth development boxing academy in New Zealand

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Michael Hemphill, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This study examined a well-established, boxing-based positive youth development program for boys in New Zealand. The authors were cognizant of calls for investigation into what occurs within the ‘black box’ of successful programs. The study was interested in identifying and describing what processes and procedures occurred within the Naenae Boxing Academy and the impact that participation in the academy had on the boys in their wider lives. The study used a mixed method approach involving the systematic analysis of boxing sessions, extensive interviewing, surveys of participants, and multiple observations. The program was found to provide a consistent caring and safe environment for the boys. The teaching of positive values to the boys was central to the program, and it was also found that the values learnt impacted on the boys’ behaviors and relationships outside of the academy.

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Sport in Society, 25(10)
Language: English
Date: 2021
Sport-based youth development, positive youth development, boxing

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