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Foundations of Sport Development

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ISBN 9780367345846
December 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Offering a complete introduction to sport development policy and practice, this book covers key theory, themes, issues and debates in sport development, without assuming any prior knowledge on the part of the reader. It outlines the organisational landscape of sport in the UK and explains important differences across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as the global context.


Examining both community and elite sport, it covers public, private and third sectors, including national and local government and national governing bodies, and considers change – cultural, managerial, social and political – as an element of sport development policy, strategy and operations. Every chapter includes in-depth case studies around which a seminar or tutorial can be based, as well as definitions of key concepts and terminology that students and practitioners are likely to encounter during their studies or professional practice. Questions at the end of each chapter encourage the reader to reflect on their own work, and useful guides to further reading make the book an ideal jumping off point for further study.


This is the perfect foundation textbook for any sport development course taken as part of a degree program in sport development, sport management or sport coaching.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introducing the Sport Development Landscape 


1          Introduction

2          Historical and Political Context of the United Kingdom

3          Locating and Defining Sport Development in a Global Context

4          Exploring Organisations, Policy and Practice

5          Starting to Understand, Research and Read About Sport Development

6          Key Concepts and Theories in Sport Development


Part II: Agencies and Organisations in Delivery, Policy and Practice


7          Central Government and Key National Agencies  

8          National Agencies and Key Charities

9          Local Authority Sport Development

10        National Governing Bodies of Sport 

11        Sub Regional Agencies: The Active Partnerships in a UK Context

12        Voluntary and Third Sector Sport Development

13        Coaching, Coaches and Sport Development

14        Schools and Sport Development

15        Higher Education Sport Development

16        The Sport-for-Development Sector: A Role in Social Justice?

17        The Private Sector


Part III: Conclusions, Future Directions and Debates


18        Where Next for Sport Development in the UK? 

19        New Policy Pressures and New Delivery Models in Unstable Times

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Chris Mackintosh is Senior Lecturer in Sport Development at the Department for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is Chair and Founder of the United Kingdom Sport Development Network (UKSDN) and currently has research interests in public policy of sport, development and delivery systems in national governing bodies, local government and the role of the voluntary sector. He has advised the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), Sport England, Sport Scotland, the Sport and Recreation Alliance and undertaken over 100 industry facing research projects.