Sports development has become a prominent concern within both the academic study of sport and within the organisation and administration of sport. Now available in paperback, the Routledge Handbook of Sports Development is the first book to comprehensively map the wide-ranging territory of sports development as an activity and as a policy field, and to offer a definitive survey of current academic knowledge and professional practice.

Spanning the whole spectrum of activity in sports development, from youth sport and mass participation to the development of elite athletes, the book identifies and defines the core functions of sports development, exploring the interface between sports development and cognate fields such as education, coaching, community welfare and policy. The book presents important new studies of sports development around the world, illustrating the breadth of practice within and between countries, and examines the most important issues facing practitioners within sports development today, from child protection to partnership working.

With unparalleled depth and breadth of coverage, the Routledge Handbook of Sports Development is the definitive guide to policy, practice and research in sports development. It is essential reading for all students, researchers and professionals with an interest in this important and rapidly evolving discipline.

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ByBarrie Houlihan

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PART 1 The influences on sports development

chapter 2|11 pages

Jewish and Christian movements and sport

ByAndrew R. Meyer

chapter 3|11 pages

Sports development, nations and nationalism

ByAlan Bairner

chapter 4|9 pages

The military, sport and physical training

ByTony Mason

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PART 2 The contemporary context of sports development

chapter 5|17 pages

Volunteering and sport

ByPeter Donnelly, Jean Harvey

chapter 6|15 pages

Sports development and social capital

ByAndrew Adams

chapter 7|13 pages

Sports development and disability

ByAndy Smith, David Haycock

chapter 8|14 pages

Sport and social integration

ByKevin Hylton

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PART 3 Sports development and young people

chapter 10|12 pages

Sports development and young people in England

ByLesley Phillpots

chapter 11|17 pages

The development of sport and youth in France

ByJean-Luc Lhéraud, Bernard Meurgey, Patrick Bouchet

chapter 12|13 pages

The development of youth sport in Sweden

ByBo Carlsson, Susanna Hedenborg

chapter 13|11 pages

Beyond the facade: Youth sport development in the United States and the illusion of synergy

ByMatthew T. Bowers, Laurence Chalip, B. Christine Green

chapter 14|14 pages

Sports development and young people in Taiwan

ByTien-Chin Tan, Chih-Fu Cheng

chapter 15|15 pages

Sports development and young people: The role of international organizations

ByRoland Naul, Jan Holze

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PART 4 Sports development and adult mass participation

chapter 16|14 pages

Sport and adult mass participation in England

ByMarc Keech

chapter 17|12 pages

Sports development and adult participation in New Zealand

ByShane Collins

chapter 18|10 pages

Sports development and adult sport participation in Canada

ByLucie Thibault

chapter 19|14 pages

Sports development and adult mass participation in Japan

ByMayumi Ya-Ya Yamamoto

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Part 5 Sport and international development: Introduction: The unproven remedy

chapter 24|16 pages

Right To Play: Sustaining development through sport

ByAaron Beacom, Lorna Read

chapter 25|14 pages

A postcolonial feminist approach to gender, development and EduSport

ByLyndsay Hayhurst, Margaret MacNeill, Wendy Frisby

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Part 6 Sports development and elite athletes: Introduction: The irresistible priority

chapter 27|13 pages

Elite sport development in Denmark

ByBjarne Ibsen, Jørn Hansen, Rasmus K. Storm

chapter 28|19 pages

Sports development and elite athletes in China

ByFan Hong

chapter 29|15 pages

Sports development and elite athletes: The Australian experience

ByBob Stewart

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PART 7 Issues in the practice of sports development

chapter 30|14 pages

Issues in the management of voluntary sport organizations and volunteers

ByJohn Schulz, Geoff Nichols, Christopher Auld

chapter 31|13 pages

Child protection and sports development

ByCelia H. Brackenridge, Hamish Telfer

chapter 32|13 pages

Legal issues in sports development

ByJames T. Gray and John O’Leary

chapter 33|10 pages

Sports development officers on sports development

ByDaniel Bloyce, Ken Green

chapter 34|14 pages

Sports development, sports coaching, and domain specificity

ByJohn Lyle

chapter 35|16 pages

Health behaviour change through physical activity and sport

ByStuart J.H. Biddle and Charlie Foster

chapter 36|13 pages

Partnership working and sports development

ByIain Lindsey

chapter 37|12 pages

Funding and sustaining sports development

ByIan Jones

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Part 8 Assessing the impact of sports development: Introduction: The problems of policy evaluation