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Issues in Scientific Research
Vol.1 (2),pp. 10-26, February 2016
ISSN 2408-7513
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Article 16/ID/SRJ03/ 17 pages
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Original Research Article

Benefits of participation in sport for people from refugee backgrounds: A study of the South Sudanese community in Melbourne, Australia

William B.D. Abur

Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia

Author’s Email:  william.abur(at)

Tel.: +61434516127

date Received: January 19, 2016     date Accepted: February 12, 2016     date Published: February 19, 2016


Participation in sport provides different forms of capital for all, but particularly for those with refugee backgrounds who are facing settlement issues. Such people are caught in a challenging situation of dealing with settlement issues such as homesickness, cultural shock, lack of a background of social activities and networks, lack of employment, racism and discrimination. As a result of these settlement challenges and other social issues, a large number of young people become disengaged. Therefore, the aim of this study is to explore a social benefit of participation in sport for the South Sudanese people from refugee backgrounds who are settling in Melbourne, Australia. For people with social isolation and other social issues, participation in sport can be a tool that assists those young people by providing physical benefits, a social network (thus breaking social isolation) and sometimes a form of income as a result of being noticed as a good player. Participating in sport can thus be a rewarding experience, particularly for young people, in overcoming settlement challenges. This research was conducted through an in-depth interview of 20 participants from the South Sudanese community.  Major findings confirmed that social benefits of sport in relation to network, physical capital, psychological capital, cultural capital, economic capital

Key words: Benefit of sport, refugee and South Sudanese community