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The football club v.v. Rigtersbleek: an exploration why members, between the ages of 16–18, stay or leave the club

Massa, Stephanie (2016) The football club v.v. Rigtersbleek: an exploration why members, between the ages of 16–18, stay or leave the club.

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Abstract:At the football club v.v. Rigtersbleek, many adolescents between the ages of 16–18 stop their membership. This study explores how members perceive the club and an ideal club, as well as positive aspects that help members remain at Rigtersbleek. The study also aims to explain why former members left and methods the club can use to prevent this phenomenon. A mixed-method design was used. A qualitative study, based on the concept of Appreciative Inquiry, was employed to identify the most prominent aspects which keep members motivated to stay at Rigtersbleek. Six active members of Rigtersbleek, between 16–18 years old were interviewed with semi-structured interviews. A quantitative study was conducted by means of a brief, online survey among former members of Rigtersbleek with the platform The qualitative study reveals crucial reasons as to why adolescents become and remain members of Rigtersbleek: (1) social atmosphere of the club, (2) proximity to home, (3) fun, and (4) the ability to play football at a high level. The quantitative online survey determined the most decisive reasons: (1) fun and (2) the ambition to learn/improve personal football skills. The qualitative study determined that members stop their membership because of a lack of time. The online survey showed that a bad atmosphere and other interests, like friends, were crucial reasons. Answering the research question: “How can the football club v. v. Rigtersbleek motivate adolescents in their program, between the ages of 16–18, remain members of the club?”, incentives such as the possibility to play football at a high level and financial factors (for volunteers and trainers) are found to be important. Keeping promises and meeting the needs of members were also critical aspects and, likely, a decisive factor includes a positive social atmosphere within the club. Therefore, Rigtersbleek can motivate members to remain through activities which enhance a feeling of togetherness, as well as through the maintenance and promotion of a high level of football.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
v.v. Rigtersbleek
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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