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Sport for Development

What game are we playing?, 1st Edition

By Fred Coalter


212 pages

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Sport is increasingly regarded as a powerful tool in international development. In this comprehensive introduction to the area of ‘sport-for-development’, leading researcher Fred Coalter critically evaluates the strengths and weaknesses and successes and failures of sport-for-development policies and programs.

Beginning with an outline of the historical development of policies of sport-for-development, this book explores the objectives that remain central to international sport-for-development initiatives, including issues of defining and measuring impacts, the development of self-efficacy and leadership skills, female empowerment, HIV/AIDS awareness and social capital. Drawing on a wealth of fieldwork experience and empirical data from the most extensive monitoring and evaluation project ever undertaken with sport-for-development organisations, this is an unparalleled and fully integrated assessment of theory, policy and practice in international sport-for-development.

Sport-for-development: What game are we playing is essential reading for any student or practitioner with an interest in sport-for-development, sports policy or international development.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Sport-for-development: Limited focus programmes and broad gauge problems 3. Conceptual entrepreneurs, liberation methodologists and research as a dirty word 4. Self-efficacy beliefs: not so deficient after all? 5. Self-esteem: best taken in moderation 6. Sport-for-development, peer leaders and HIV and AIDS: a method in search of a theory? 7. ‘There is loads of relationships here’: Developing a programme theory for sport-for-change programmes 8. Social capital: a social good or for the social good? 9. Conclusions: Hope is not a plan

About the Author

Fred Coalter is Professor of Sports Policy at Leeds Metropolitan University. Prior to this he was Professor of Sports Policy at the University of Stirling UK (2003-2010), Director of the Centre for Leisure Research at the University of Edinburgh (1990-2003) and Director of the Centre for Leisure and Tourism Studies at the then Polytechnic of North London (1986-1990).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports