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1st Edition

The Sport and Fitness Sector
An Introduction

Edited By

Ben Oakley


Martin Rhys

ISBN 9780415454056
Published April 21, 2008 by Routledge
320 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Sport and fitness has become a key contemporary industry. Those working within the sector are now expected to demonstrate greater expertise and professional competence than ever before. The Sport and Fitness Sector: An Introduction is a vital resource for all students of sport, leisure and fitness management, offering an essential guide to professional practice and a wealth of background information on current issues within the industry.

Drawing together new material and an edited selection of readings from a wide range of academic and professional sources, the book has been designed to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace, opening up the theory and practice of sport and fitness management for those undertaking either work-based study or conventional degree courses. Accessible and comprehensive, the book explores sport, health and fitness provision across the public, private and voluntary sectors, and examines key topics such as:

  • sport policy
  • trends in the sport and fitness industry
  • management of sport and leisure services
  • legislation and regulation
  • crisis management
  • health and safety
  • customer service and retention
  • staff training and development.

The Sport and Fitness Sector: An Introduction is essential reading for all students of sport, leisure and fitness management, and for any sport and fitness professional looking to improve their vocational skills and knowledge.

Ben Oakley is Head of Award for Sport, Fitness and Health in The Open University, UK.

Martin Rhys is Staff Tutor in Education at The Open University in Wales.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Putting Sport & Fitness in Context Part 2: Regulation and Legal Responsibilities Part 3: Valuing Customers of Sport and Fitness Facilities 

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Ben Oakley is an experienced academic who has been teaching in higher education for over a decade. He is Head of Award for Sport, Fitness and Management in the Open University's Department of Education and Language Studies. In addition to his academic responsibilities at the Open University, Ben Oakley is an external examiner for the Universities of Brighton and Gloucester - both highly regarded departments in sport and leisure studies.

Ben Oakley's research focus, where is widely published, is UK sports policy and international elite sport development systems. More recently, he has begun to investigate pedagogic issues in sport.

Outside of academic and research work, Ben Oakley has served for three years with Sport England, advising on the distribution of National Lottery funding to sport in the South East region. He is also an accomplished windsurfer, and is a former national windsurfing coach, taking athletes to the Olympic Games in both Korea and Barcelona.