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1st Edition

Examining Sports Development

Edited By

Mike Collins

ISBN 9780415339902
Published January 20, 2010 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

Sports development takes place in continually evolving – and expanding – territory. If new policies are to be implemented effectively, it is vital to understand how development policy translates into the real world. Until now no single text has examined how sports development policies are implemented and experienced ‘at the coal face’ of community and performance sport.

As well as critical analysis of models and concepts in sports development, Examining Sports Development presents original case studies from practising sports development professionals working in a variety of areas, including:

  • national and regional policy
  • school sport
  • talent identification and development
  • sports club development
  • coach development
  • sport and social inclusion
  • sports and crime prevention
  • sports and health promotion.

Sports development is evolving as a profession, especially in matters of education and training. This book encourages critical reflection, pointing the way to accountable policymaking and a long-term future for sports development professionals. It is essential reading for all students and practitioners working in sports development.

Table of Contents

Preface.  Introduction.  1. Concepts in Sports Development  2. Sport in the Service of the Community / Cross Cutting Issues  Section A: Case Studies of Organising for Sports Development  A1. The National Framework  A2. Sport through Education  A3. A New Active Sports Partnership – Lancashire  A4. Higher Education, Performance and Excellence  A5. Sports Development in a Devolved System – Scotland  A6. Sports Development in a Regional Setting – the North East   Section B: Case Studies of Sports Development Processes  B1. Building a Legacy for Youth and for Coaches? Champion Coaching in the North West  B2. Strengthening the Club System  B3. Developing Excellence – Scottish Volleyball  B4. Sports Development in Microcosm  B5. Preventing Crime – Streetsport, Stoke  B6. Sport Promoting Health  3. Sports Development as a Job and a Career  4. Conclusions.  Bibliography.  Author.  Index.  Subject Index.

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Mike Collins was a Senior Lecturer in Recreation Management at Loughborough University for over ten years before 'retiring' to part-time work in Sports Development and Faith Communities at the University of Gloucestershire. Prior to holding this position he founded and then directed the Institute of Sport and Recreation Planning and Management at the same university for five years.