As with any social activity, the specific form and function of sport are heavily disputed. This contestation is amplified by the pivotal position that sport occupies, where, as Pierre Bourdieu (1990a: 166) has acknowledged, it presents ‘with the maximum acuteness the problem of the relations between theory and practice, and also between language and the body’. Thus, further reflecting one of Bourdieu’s (1990b) main sociological concerns, sport is a ‘practice’, a practically integrated whole of thought, perception and action.