Sport, Chaplaincy and Holistic Support: The Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) in English Professional Football

Roe, Christopher and Parker, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0001-6842-3067 (2016) Sport, Chaplaincy and Holistic Support: The Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) in English Professional Football. Practical Theology, 9 (3). pp. 169-182. doi:10.1080/1756073X.2016.1221638

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A consistent lack of achievement by the England national football team in recent years has led to English football’s governing bodies carrying out an overhaul of youth player development. This process was initiated by the Football Association in the late 1990s and eventually led to the English Premier League introducing the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) in 2012, a long term strategy aimed at producing a greater number of talented ‘home-grown’ young players. The EPPP is designed as a system of ‘holistic support’ to produce not just technically proficient athletes but also good role models who understand the significance of professional football in contemporary culture. This paper comprises a small-scale qualitative study of how one Premier League football club utilised sports chaplaincy as part its EPPP framework. Placing respondent accounts at the centre of the analysis, the paper seeks to illustrate how chaplaincy provision might enhance holistic support mechanisms within elite sporting organisations. The paper concludes by suggesting that the sports chaplain can play a key role in the non-performance aspects of youth player development which may ultimately benefit team success.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Practical Theology on [date of publication tbc], available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport, chaplaincy, holistic wellbeing, youth development, qualitative research, professional football.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV861 Ball games: Baseball, football, golf, etc.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 16:02
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:09

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