The Impact of British Sporting Achievements on National Pride among Adults in England

SHIBLI, Simon, RAMCHANDANI, Girish and DAVIES, Larissa (2021). The Impact of British Sporting Achievements on National Pride among Adults in England. European Sport Management Quarterly.

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Research question: Our study investigates the relationship between elite sport performance and sportive nationalism in Great Britain. Research methods: We utilise the Taking Part Survey (TPS), which gathers data from a representative sample of around 10,000 adults aged 16 and over residing in England each year. Between July 2011 and March 2016, the TPS included a question to identify the components of national pride in Great Britain. We examined 'British sporting achievements' as one of 12 domains that made people in England feel most proud of the country (Great Britain). The determinants of sportive nationalism were assessed using logistic regression analysis. Associations between monthly variations in sportive nationalism (57 data points) and specific events that might influence its level were explored. Results and Findings: Sportive nationalism was shown by only a small minority of the sample and was typically of a lesser magnitude compared with other more stable factors such as the British countryside, its history and health service. Certain population segments were more inclined to be sportive nationalists such as those who participated in sport or followed it online. Changes in sportive nationalism were seen to coincide with the performances of British athletes and teams, albeit these were temporary in nature. Implications: Our study provides limited evidence to justify government investment in elite sport on the grounds of success generating national pride. A wide range of events might influence sportive nationalism and reductions in this domain of national pride may be associated with both perceived failure and a general waning effect.

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Additional Information: This article was retrospectively made gold open access (June 2021).
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Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2021 12:42
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