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Football as Inclusive Leisure is a one-day conference hosted by the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research at Southampton Solent and the Leisure Studies Association (LSA).

About the conference

Football as leisure is an interesting and well-established concept. For some, football is a physical pursuit, a way to be at leisure while conditioning the body; for others, it meets distinctly social ends and allows a sense of community to be imagined in the face of broader social and political change.

Football as inclusive leisure however is an idea that is less well defined. Although the notion that football should be more inclusive is universally popular (and topical, given various high-profile cases of racism, sexism and homophobia), how the football industry might work collectively toward achieving inclusivity is more uncertain.

Scholars, educators and industry professionals will seek to better understand the usefulness of football as a vehicle for inclusion. Moving beyond a mere philosophical conversation about football as an inclusive form of leisure, the conference will promote the virtues offered by a number of stakeholders by uniting through the sharing of ideas and best practice.

About the speakers

Roisin Wood, Director of Kick it Out
Before becoming Director of Kick it Out, Roisin Wood spent over three years at the Football Foundation as Head of Equalities and Diversity.

Roisin, a native of County Down in Northern Ireland, has also held positions as partnership manager at the London Borough of Redbridge Council and community engagement manager in the Metropolitan Police Service, and has experience in community development within divided communities after working for the Community Foundation in Northern Ireland.

Ian McDonald, Newcastle University
An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ian McDonald’s work has been screened at film festivals, academic conferences, campaign meetings and in cinemas around the world.

Engaged in theory and practice, Ian has written extensively about documentaries and his latest works include a critique of the official Olympic documentary and 'the spirit of Olympism', and an investigation into myth and masculinity in the sport films of Jorgen Leth.

Ian is currently working on a monograph on sport documentaries, to be published by Routledge.

Professor Ben Carrington, University of Texas at Austin
Professor Carrington researches a broad range of topics and areas generally concerned with mapping the circulation and reproduction of power within contemporary societies.

More specifically, he is interested in how ideologies of race shape - and are themselves shaped by - cultural forms, practices and identities and how popular culture is often a key site of both cultural resistance and domination.

His work examines the mass media, music and sport as way to understand key sociological dimensions of everyday life such as personal and communal identity and nationalistic identification and dis-identification.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of Sociological Theory, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, the Sociology of Sport Journal, and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Conference fees

  • Standard rate: £90
  • LSA member: £50
  • Student/unwaged: £25

Attendance to the conference is free for School of Sport, Tourism and Language staff. To book your place, please contact

Please note this does not include attendance at or admission to the conference dinner. If you wish to attend the dinner, you must pay for it and then use an SD1 form to claim back the expenses.


Contact details

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