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Implementing Sport Policy
Organisational Perspectives on the UK Sport System

  • Available for pre-order on June 26, 2023. Item will ship after July 17, 2023
ISBN 9780367755027
July 17, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This book critically examines the roles and contributions of different organisations in the implementation of sport policy in the UK, and therefore provides an important guide to the complexities of implementing sport policy and of achieving policy goals through, and for, sport. 

Presenting analytical chapters by leading sport researchers alongside shorter commentaries by practitioners working in the field, the book outlines the uneven path between policy planning and real-world outcomes. Adopting a multi-level analysis, it examines the interlocking structures and challenges of organisations from grassroots voluntary sport to national governing bodies and professional clubs, and considers the most important issues affecting UK sport policy today. 

This is fascinating reading for any student, researcher or practitioner working in sport policy, sport for development, sport management, sport coaching, physical education, and related areas of policy such as public health, community development, social policy, public policy and education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Iain Lindsey, Marc Keech and John Hayton 

2. National Sports Agencies

Pippa Chapman

Practitioner Response: Andy J Reed OBE 

3. National Governing Bodies of Sport

Mathew Dowling and Spencer Harris

Practitioner Response: Ian Freeman 

4. The Active Partnerships

Marc Keech and Jack Wilkinson

Practitioner Response: Maxine Rhodes 

5. Local Authorities and the Implementation of Sport Policy

Janine Partington, Stephen Robson and Louise Morby

Practitioner Response: Katy Bowden 

6. Public Health Agencies and Policy Implementation in Sport and Physical Activity: Re-thinking Partnerships and Priorities

Phil Brown and Aaron Beacom

Practitioner Response: Dwain Morgan 

7. Implementation of Equality Policies: From Legislation to Lived Practices

Lauren Kamperman and AJ Rankin-Wright

Practitioner Response: Kirsty Clarke 

8. Sporting Charities and Non-Sporting Community Agencies

Kate Mori

Practitioner Response: Kevin McPherson 

9. Schools

Helen Ives

Practitioner Response: Alan Watkinson 

10. Voluntary Sports Clubs

Andrew Adams

Practitioner Response: Daniel Edson 

11. Professional Football Clubs and Policy Implementation and Enactment

Jimmy O’Gorman

Practitioner Response (1): Steve Williams and Louise Edwards

Practitioner Response (2): Paul Morrison 

12. Conclusions: Learning Lessons from Implementing Sport Policy

John Hayton, Iain Lindsey and Marc Keech

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Marc Keech is Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK, teaching and researching Sport Policy and Sport Management. Marc has acted as a consultant and researcher for a range of organisations for 30 years. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Marc was the Higher Education representative on the national CIMSPA (the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) Professional Development Board from 2018-2020, and from 2021 has been the HE representative on the Professional Development Committee for Community Sport. 

Iain Lindsey is Associate Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University, UK. Iain’s research has primarily examined sport policy and development, especially youth sport policy in the UK and the use of sport for development in Africa. This research has been undertaken both at global and national levels as well as in a variety of local and community contexts. Iain's research is underpinned by theories and methodologies from the fields of political science and international development. 

John Hayton is Assistant Professor in Sport Development in the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University, UK. John’s research has coalesced around the policy, delivery and management of sport in and by the non-profit and voluntary sector. John has published widely in areas such as sport volunteering, sport-based interventions, austerity and sport, and the role and management of non-profit organisations in the delivery of sport, physical activity and physical recreation.