It is tempting to see the source of black kids' sporting involvement and success as the family. A rough-hewn psychological explanation would hold that, because many second generation Carib beans and Africans in the UK are raised in single-parent families, in almost every case the parent being the mother, the children pass into an emotional void at the ages of 13 or 14 and seek out father figures in the shape of sports coaches with whom they form compensatory attachments.