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Routledge Handbook of Sports Development

ISBN 9780415479950
Published December 11, 2012 by Routledge
676 Pages

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Book Description

Sports development has become a prominent concern within both the academic study of sport and within the organisation and administration of sport. Now available in paperback, the Routledge Handbook of Sports Development is the first book to comprehensively map the wide-ranging territory of sports development as an activity and as a policy field, and to offer a definitive survey of current academic knowledge and professional practice.

Spanning the whole spectrum of activity in sports development, from youth sport and mass participation to the development of elite athletes, the book identifies and defines the core functions of sports development, exploring the interface between sports development and cognate fields such as education, coaching, community welfare and policy. The book presents important new studies of sports development around the world, illustrating the breadth of practice within and between countries, and examines the most important issues facing practitioners within sports development today, from child protection to partnership working.

With unparalleled depth and breadth of coverage, the Routledge Handbook of Sports Development is the definitive guide to policy, practice and research in sports development. It is essential reading for all students, researchers and professionals with an interest in this important and rapidly evolving discipline.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Barrie Houlihan

Part 1: Influences on sport development

Introduction: The constraints of history

Barrie Houlihan

2 Sports Development in the nineteenth-century British public schools

Martin Polley

3 Jewish and Christian movements and sport

Andrew Meyer

4 Sport Development, Nations and Nationalism

Alan Bairner

5 The military and physical training

Tony Mason

Part 2: The contemporary context of sport development

Introduction: Government and civil society involvement in sport development

Barrie Houlihan

6 Volunteering and sport

Peter Donnelly and Jean Harvey

7 Sport development and social capital

Andrew Adams

8 Sport development and disability

Andy Smith and David Haycock

9 Sport and social integration

Kevin Hylton

10 The importance of culture: sport and development in the Arab World - between tradition and modernityMahfoud Amara

Part 3: Sport development and young people

Introduction: Socialisation through sport

Barrie Houlihan

11 Sport development and young people in England

Lesley Phillpots

12 The development of sport and youth in France

Jean-Luc Lhéraud, Bernard Meurgey and Patrick Bouchet

13 The development of youth sport in Sweden

Bosse Carlsson and Sussanna Hedenborg

14 Beyond the façade: Youth sport in the United States and the illusion of synergy

Matthew T. Bowers, Laurence Chalip, B. Christine Green

15 Sport development and young people in Taiwan

Tien-Chin Tan and Chin-fu Cheng

16 Sport development and young people: The role of international organisations

Roland Naul and Jan Holze

Part 4: Sport development and adult mass participation

Introduction: The neglect of adult participation

Barrie Houlihan

17 Sport and adult mass participation in England

Marc Keech

18 Sport development and adult participation in New Zealand

Shane Collins

19 Sport development and adult sport participation in Canada

Lucie Thibault

20 Sport development and adult participation in Japan

Mayumi Yaya Yamamoto

21 Sport development and adult mass participation: The role of international organisations

Ian Henry

Part 5: Development through sport

Introduction: Sport and international developemnt

Tess Kay

22 Sport in international development: Facilitating improved standards of living?

Roger Levermore

23 Development through sport? Sport in support of female empowerment in Delhi, India

Tess Kay

24 International development through sport in Zambia

Davies Banda

25 Right to Play: Sustaining development through sport

Aaron Beacom and Lorna Read

26 A postcolonial feminist approach to sport, gender and development

Lyndsay Hayhurst, Margaret McNeill and Wendy Frisby

Part 6: Sport development and elite athletes

Introduction: The irresistible priority

Barrie Houlihan

27 High performance sport policy in the UK: An outline and critique

Ian McDonald

28 Elite sport development in Denmark

Bjarne Ibsen, Jørn Hansen and Rasmus Storm

29 Sport development and elite athletes in China

Fan Hong

30 Sport development and elite athletes: The Australian experience

Bob Stewart

Part 7: Issues in the practice of sport development

Introduction: Managing complexity and fluidity

Barrie Houlihan

31 Issues in the management of voluntary sport organizations and volunteers

John Schulz , Geoff Nichols and Christopher Auld

32 Child protection and sport development

Celia Brackenridge and Hamish Telfer

33 Legal issues in sports development

James T. Gray and John O’Leary

34 Sports development officers on sports development

Daniel Bloyce and Ken Green

35 Sport development, sport coaching and domain specificity

John Lyle

36 Health behaviour change through physical activity and sport

Stuart J.H. Biddle and Charlie Foster

37 Partnership working and sport development

Iain Lindsey

38 Funding and sustaining sport development

Ian Jones

39 Market segmentation and the role of the public sector in sports development

Paul Downward

Part 8: Assessing the impact of sport development

Introduction: The problems of policy evaluation

Barrie Houlihan

40 Sport development’s contribution to social policy objectives: The difficult relationship between politics and evidence

Fred Coalter

41 Elite for all, all for elite? An assessment of the impact of sport development on elite sport success

Veerle De Bosscher and Maarten van Bottenburg

42 An assessment of the impact of sport development on sport participation

Maarten Van Bottenburg and Veerle De Bosscher

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Barrie Houlihan is Professor of Sport Policy in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, UK.

Mick Green was a Senior Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, UK.


'Houlihan and Green (both Loughborough Univ., UK) have done a remarkable job of editing this comprehensive, exhaustive book on sports development around the world. Governments and organizing bodies must contend with two competing realities--sports for all and talent identification/ development--and this ubiquitous tension is skillfully addressed throughout the volume.This will be a valuable resource for all students of physical education and sport, providing them with a worldview of how sport is used as a tool in development and in producing world-class athletes. And specialists will find this handbook to be a valuable starting point in this emerging field of study.'J. A. McClung, Berea College