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6th Edition

Torkildsen's Sport and Leisure Management

ISBN 9780415497930
Published December 21, 2010 by Routledge
640 Pages

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Book Description

For nearly thirty years George Torkildsen’s classic textbook has been the most comprehensive and engaging introduction to sport and leisure management available to students at all levels. Now in a fully revised sixth 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 and entrepreneurship. It includes five completely new chapters on leisure in the home, financial management, quality management and law and enterprise, 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, including sport, tourism, the arts, play and leisure in the natural environment.

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. For the first time, a dedicated companion website offers additional teaching and learning resources for students and lecturers.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Sport and Leisure Management Concepts and Trends  1. Introduction  2. People's Needs and Leisure Demand  3. Trends in the Leisure Industry  Part 2: Sport and Leisure Providers  4. Sport and Leisure Provision in the Commercial Sector  5. Government and Sport and Leisure  6. Sport and Leisure Provision in the Third Sector  Part 3: Sport and Leisure Products and Services  7. International Tourism  8. Leisure in the Natural Environment  9. Arts, Heritage and Libraries  10. Sport and Physical Activity  11. Managing Play Services for Children  12. Leisure in the Home  Part 4: Skills and Techniques for Successful Sport and Leisure Management  13. Managing People in Sport and Leisure  14. Planning for Sport and Leisure  15. Marketing of Sport and Leisure  16. Programming Sport and Leisure  17. Quality and Performance Management  18. Financial Management in Sport and Leisure  19. Law and Sport and Leisure Management  20. The Importance and Management of Events  21. Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Sport and Leisure

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Peter Taylor is Professor of Sport Economics at the Sport Industry Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He has researched and written many publications on sport and leisure economics and management, including Economics of Sport and Recreation (with Chris Gratton).


I can see this becoming a key text for many types of undergraduate in Sport, Leisure or Recreation Management. It is written in true Torkildsen style, and is a tribute to his memory and contribution to this study area.   Ray Barker, University of Hull, UK

This should be compulsory reading for all students studying sport, leisure or related courses.  Leigh Robinson, University of Stirling, UK

This new edition of a classic text not only retains the strengths of the original but the new material and the sharper focus on the management element have enhanced its reputation. I am sure it will become a key text across a number of courses in this area.  Peter Mann, University College Birmingham, UK