Sport and economic regeneration: a winning combination?

DAVIES, L. (2010). Sport and economic regeneration: a winning combination? Sport in Society, 13 (10), 1438-1457.

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In recent years, there has been a favourable shift in UK urban policy towards the use of sport as a tool for regenerating declining areas. Sporting infrastructure has been constructed in various British cities with a view to addressing the dual aims of sporting need and urban regeneration. However, evidence to support the notion that sport can underpin regeneration goals is highly variable. This paper will explore the growth of sport-related regeneration in the UK and examine the evidence base for this. In particular, it will focus on the economic literature and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of emerging evidence. It will suggest that with investment in sport likely to increase as a consequence of the London 2012 Olympic Games, there is a need to develop a greater understanding of the role of sport in the regeneration process, to maximize the potential benefits and to justify public expenditure on sport in the future.

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Additional Information: Author posting © Larissa Davies, 2010.

This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Larissa Davies for personal use, not for redistribution. There is an 18 month embargo on this article.

The definitive version was published in Sport in Society, Volume 13 Issue 10, December 2010. doi:10.1080/17430437.2010.520935 (
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sport Industry Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1080/17430437.2010.520935
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2010 11:01
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 02:53

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