Within the fields of sport, recreation and leisure, the number of contexts within which sports development is being applied is rapidly increasing, as are the diverse issues facing those already involved. In this book, leading authorities in the discipline look at how those engaging in sports development must be in the business of devising better and more effective ways of promoting interest, participation or performance in sport. More importantly, it is argued, those working in sports development must look closely at who has this responsibility, and at the processes and practices by which results can be achieved. The book covers the following areas: community sports development; partnership working; sports development as performance; health promotion development; resources for sport; legal principles; working in sports development; and sports policy. It offers a comprehensive examination of every level of policy, from the influence of the European Union and central government, to local authorities, voluntary organizations and sports governing bodies.
Representing a useful resource for students, researchers or practitioners working in sports development, this book considers all aspects of good practice.