Adult Women's Learn to Play Hockey Experiences: A Case Study
Pidwerbeski, Daina Erin
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This research project examined the experiences of women enrolled in an Adult Learn-to-Play Hockey (ALTPH) program in Toronto, Ontario. This case study aimed to identify the barriers and facilitators to participation in hockey and the ALTPH program. Using qualitative research methods, the research project gained in-depth insight to the lived experiences of women enrolled in the ALTPH program. Participants consisted of 13 adult women that attended the ALTPH program in the fall of 2014; nine were interviewed. The researcher was a participant in the program, therefore this project includes an autoethnographic component. Findings indicate that barriers for earlier participation in hockey were, lack of opportunities, familial obligations, inconvenient time and location logistics, as well as access to equipment. Facilitators that were identified are, family that plays, program environment, prior skating experience, social class and individual desire. This project contributes to the knowledge on (older) women and novice hockey participation.