7th Edition

Torkildsen's Sport and Leisure Management

Edited By Rob Wilson, Chris Platts, Daniel Plumley Copyright 2023
    516 Pages 53 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    516 Pages 53 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    For nearly 40 years Torkildsen’s Sport and Leisure Management has been the most comprehensive and engaging introduction to sport and leisure management available to students at all levels. Now in its seventh edition, it is still the only textbook that covers all the key topics taught within contemporary sport and leisure management courses.

    This new edition includes expanded coverage of the practical managerial skills that students must develop if aiming for a career in the sport and leisure industry, from planning and managing people to marketing, entrepreneurship, and the law. It includes four completely new chapters on the global sport and leisure economy, historical development, cross-sector collaboration, and management consultancy, reflecting important developments in contemporary sport and leisure. This edition retains the hallmark strengths of previous editions, including in-depth discussion of the social and cultural context of sport and leisure; full analysis of the public, private, and voluntary sectors; and a review of key products and services. Richly illustrated throughout with up-to-date evidence, data, case-studies, and international examples, each chapter also contains a range of useful pedagogical features, such as discussion questions, practical tasks, and structured guides to further reading and resources. This is an important resource for students working in fields such as sport management, sport business, sport development, leisure management, and events management.

    Dedicated online resources offer additional teaching and learning material for students and lecturers.

    Part I Introducing Sport and Leisure Management

    1 Introduction to Sport and Leisure

    2 Sport and Leisure: A Historical Perspective

    3 Trends in the Sport and Leisure Industry

    4 People’s Needs and Leisure Demand

    Part II Sport and Leisure Provision

    5 Government, Sport, and Leisure (Public)

    6 Sport and Leisure Provision in the Commercial Sector (Private)

    7 Sport and Leisure Provision in the Third Sector (Voluntary)

    8 Cross-Sector Collaboration

    9 Sport, Physical Recreation, and Physical Activity

    10 Leisure in the Home

    11 Planning for Sport and Leisure

    12 Global Economics of Sport and Leisure

    Part III Functions of Sport and Leisure Management

    13 Managing People in Sport and Leisure

    14 Marketing of Sport and Leisure

    15 Programming Sport and Leisure Services and Facilities

    16 Quality and Performance Management in Sport and Leisure

    17 Financial Management in Sport and Leisure

    18 Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Sport and Leisure

    19 Law and Leisure Management

    20 The Importance and Management of Events

    21 Management Consulting in the Sport and Leisure Industry


    Rob Wilson is Head of Department in Sheffield Business School’s Department of Finance, Accounting, and Business Systems and a member of the Social and Economic Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, specialising in the finance and economics of the sport business industry.

    Chris Platts is a Senior Lecturer in sport based in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He undertook a PhD that explored the education and welfare provisions on offer for young professional footballers who sign as scholars between the ages of 16 and 18.

    Daniel Plumley is Principal Lecturer in the Department of Finance, Accounting, and Business Systems in the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His subject specialism is the finance of sport and leisure.

    'A comprehensive and extended version of this well-known and highly regarded sport and leisure management textbook, which provides both students and industry professionals with contemporary insights. The constantly evolving leisure and sport discipline is introduced, discussed, and illustrated through a range of impactful case studies and expellers, demonstrating up to date and global challenges to the field. These include the impacts of COVID 19 and ill-conceived environmental practices.'

    Dr Hazel Maxwell, Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health and Community Care (BHCC) course and Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania, Australia

    'The 7th edition of Torkildsen’s Sport and Leisure Management is a timely update on this classic, comprehensive text. It provides a good introduction to the subject, covering all the important areas. Students will enjoy reading and learning from the many examples throughout the book.'

    Assistant Professor Leng Ho Keat, National Institute of Education - Physical Education & Sports Science, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore