The Social Phenomenon of Football: The Third Side Of The Stands. Activity of Supporter Trusts in Poland

Mateusz Grodecki 1
1 - Zakład Metodologii Badań Socjologicznych Instytutu Socjologii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
2015; 16 (4):
ICID: 1189816
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 3.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
The paper presents results of research on the issue of football fans associations in Poland
in context of the civil society. The analysis is divided into three areas: (1) the phenomenon
of formalizing football supporters groups; (2) activities made by Supporters’ Trusts; (3)
the issue of fans motivation to initiate activities that are wider than social role of football
fan. Nowadays, football fans are not only supporters whose role is only limited to
attending football games or cheering the players. Groups of football supporters have been
institutionalized and professionalized. Fans, especially football fans, organize and form
associations (called Supporter Trusts). Supporter Trusts activities, in addition to dealing
with fans issues, are also invested in a variety of other initiatives such as charity, patriotic
or integrative actions.
DOI: 10.5604/20842937.1189816

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