Controlling the Work-Life Balance? A Case of Football Non-Participation in Australia

By John Hicks, Parikshit K. Basu and Richard Sappey.

Published by The Sport Collection

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The purpose of this article is to report and analyse research findings on the relationship between organised team sport and the impediments to participating in it, particularly those related to working time. To date there has been limited study of the relationship between organised team sport participation and impediments to it, particularly working time arrangements, within the work-life balance debate - especially at a regional level. Our methodology involves a survey of and semi-structured interviews with participants. We find that the main impediments to participation in local football are injury/illness, work and family commitments. Impediments to match participation are dominated by injury/illness, however, work commitments are the principal impediment to training sessions. Our results imply that, in the regional Australian context, impediments to participation are limited but can be mitigated by increasing the flexibility of work requirements which would permit increased participation at training sessions.

Keywords: Working Time Flexibility, Sport Participation, Football, Regional Australia.

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.41-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 748.672KB).

Prof. John Hicks

Professor of Economics, School of Business, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

John Hicks is an economist who has held a number of university positions in Australia and New Zealand and who has worked as a senior economist in the private sector. He is currently Professor of Economics at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia. His expertise encompasses labour economics and macroeconomics and his current research interests include the application of macroeconomic policy at regional and national levels - particularly in relation to Australia and China.

Dr. Parikshit K. Basu

Sneior Lecturer in Economics, School of Business, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Parikshit K. Basu is currently Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of the School of Marketing and Management, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia. He has worked as an economist in the private corporate sector in several countries. His current research interests are business relations between China and Australia, regional labour market analysis and applied finance.

Dr. Richard Sappey

Research Assistant, School of Business, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Richard B. Sappey is currently a Research Associate in the Faculty of Business at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia. He has worked in industrial relations for national and international organisations and taught in several Australian universities. His principal research interests are industrial relations systems, labour markets and the organisation of work.