In a world of competing public policy priorities, economic challenges and political uncertainty, sports development organisations and initiatives need to adapt to survive. This book makes the case for 'Sporting Capital' as a new conceptual model of sports participation with the potential to transform public policy and practice in sports development.
The central argument presented is that a model of Sporting Capital - with its three domains of physiological, social and psychological attributes - provides a missing framework, creating a new impetus for sustained growth in community sport by joining up the levels at which sports development is planned and implemented. Touching on important issues such as youth sport, public health, volunteering, disability, ethnicity and social inequality, it examines patterns of sports participation in relation to age, gender and social class and offers recommendations for strategic policy improvements that can be implemented by practitioners working on the frontline of community sport.
Sporting Capital: Transforming Sports Development Policy and Practice provides valuable insights for all those interested in sports development, youth sport, community sport, or sport and social policy.
Table of Contents
2. The Public Policy Challenge for Community Sport: The Need for a Theoretically Driven Paradigm Shift
3. Sporting Capital: What Is It, How Does It Relate to Other Forms of Human, Cultural and Social Capital and Why Is It Important?
4. Theories of Sport Development and Behaviour Change Applied to Sport: Why Do We Need Yet Another Theory?
5. Sport Participation Over the Life-Course: Linking the Evidence to Sporting Capital Theory
6. Sporting Capital in England: From Measurement Process to Painting the Landscape
7. Sporting Capital in England: A Level Playing Field? Exploring Age, Gender and Social Class
8. Building Sporting Capital: Applying the Theory to Policy and Practice
9. The Future for Sporting Capital: Where Do We Go from Here? Refining and Testing the Theory
Nicholas F. Rowe is a freelance sport research consultant and Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University, UK. For nearly 30 years he worked for the GB Sport Council and Sport England, most recently as Sport England’s Strategic Lead for Research and Evaluation