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“The Work of Professional Football: a labour of love – the realities of working life as a professional footballer.”

The Business of Sport – Seminar Series

Room G01 – Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1 7HX

Wednesday 14th November 2007 at 6pm
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“The Work of Professional Football: a labour of love – the realities of working life as a professional footballer.”

Given by:

Dr Martin Roderick, Durham University (and former professional footballer), author of The Work of Professional Football: a labour of love.

Synopsis:

Drawing on his book The Work of Professional Football: a labour of love, in this presentation Martin Roderick presents the findings of a long-term study providing rare insights into the precarious career and ordinary working culture of professional footballers. Away from the celebrity-obsessed media gaze, the work of a professional footballer is rarely glamorous and for most players a career in football is insecure and short-lived. A former professional, Martin Roderick’s familiarity with the world of football is the foundation for this research into a world that is typically closed to the public gaze and ignored by media reportage and academic research which prefers to focus on a small, unrepresentative group of elite players. Key themes explored within the presentation include:

  • the culture of work in professional football
  • the changing identity, orientation and expectations of players during their careers
  • the fragile and uncertain nature of professional sport careers
  • the performance and dramatic aspects of a career under public scrutiny
  • the role of relationships with managers, owners, support staff and partners
  • players’ responses to the insecurities inherent in professional football such as injury, ageing, performance and transfer.

Biography:

Martin Roderick is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Durham. He completed his Ph.D. examining the careers of professional footballers in 2003. He has been involved in research focusing specifically on the management of injuries in professional football, and on sport for people with learning disabilities. His other research interests concern the sociology of emotions and sport, and the problems of participating in sport at elite levels.

References:

  • Roderick, M.J. (2006). The Work of Professional Football: a labour of love?. London: Routledge
  • Jaemin Hong’s Premier Report. “Cold Reality of the professional footballers”. Sports Seoul.

For further details on the Birkbeck Sports Business Seminar Series contact:

Sean Hamil

Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London
WC1E 7HX

Email: s.hamil@bbk.ac.uk or Tel: 020-7631 6763

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