Through the eyes of children: sport and its role in a public housing community
King, Diana Catherine
Children living in public housing often experience sport differently than mainstream peers because of low socioeconomic status and subsequent reliance on government housing. The purpose of this case study was to delineate the benefits and constraints reported by children living in public housing in Winnipeg in relation to gaining access to, and maintaining involvement in sport. Ten children, ages ten to twelve, from the Gilbert Park Housing Complex, and four staff from community organizations, were selected to participate using purposeful sampling. Participant observation and an interview guide approach to unstructured interviews were employed to gather data documenting the benefits of and constraints to sport participation for children. The findings, five core benefits and twelve core constraints, enabled the development of suggestions for how community leaders can improve sport delivery within Gilbert Park and, potentially, public housing throughout Winnipeg.
Sport, Public housing, Children, Recreation