The relationship between types of sports club and English government policy to grow participation

NICHOLS, Geoff, PADMORE, Joanne, TAYLOR, Peter and BARRETT, David (2012). The relationship between types of sports club and English government policy to grow participation. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 4 (2), 187-200.

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Abstract

Sports clubs run by their members account for a significant proportion of sports participation in England and are central to government policy to grow participation. A survey of clubs in the United Kingdom shows that clubs can be clustered into three groups reflecting different levels of formality. While it is not possible to make a definitive estimate of the proportions of English clubs in each of the three groups, the more formal types of clubs probably offer the most viable policy instrument for increasing sports participation. These are split into two groups: large clubs for adults and juniors, owning their own facilities; and clubs focused predominantly on junior participants and relying on hired facilities. These two types of clubs will require different types of support. The third group of clubs are small informal/traditional clubs, with only adult members. As a group they make an important contribution to participation growth but their informality probably makes them a less viable medium for this policy objective.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sport Industry Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1080/19406940.2012.662693
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 21 May 2012 10:01
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 14:24
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5156

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