Valuing the voluntary sector: rethinking economic analysis

DAVIES, L. E. (2004). Valuing the voluntary sector: rethinking economic analysis. Leisure studies, 23 (4), 347-364.


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The voluntary sector plays an important role in the sports industry, as a provider of sporting opportunities and in the development of sport, from increasing participation through to supporting excellence and elite performance. However, despite this importance, research on its contribution to sport-related economic activity is limited, with information on this sector remaining the weakest part of current economic assessments of the UK sports industry. The research presented in this article examines the economic importance of the voluntary sector, using a case study of Sheffield. It demonstrates that the sports voluntary sector in the city is considerably smaller than was predicted when using national estimates, and that this is largely a consequence of methodological issues relating to previous research. The article suggests that in the light of the findings and the increasing use of sport in urban policy, there is a need to rethink the methodology used to evaluate the economic contribution of the voluntary sector in the future.

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Additional Information: The final version of this paper has been published in Leisure studies,23(4) © 2004 Routledge.
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Page Range: 347-364
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 14:16

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