Can sport and physical activity (PA) be used to improve the communities we live in? How do community groups manage facilities that provide sport and PA? How can managers ensure the services they deliver meet the needs of their community? What role should community sport schemes play in society? Answer these questions and more in this, the first textbook to focus on the theory and practice of community-level sport management and development.

Bringing together academics and practitioners with expertise in sport management, sport development, the sociology of sport, PA programming and community coaching, this book outlines best practice and explores contemporary issues relating to:

  • Community enhancement through sport and PA
  • Leadership, enterprise and innovation
  • Budgeting and decision making
  • Event and facility management
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Monitoring and evaluation.

The book is divided into three sections: Part I provides an introduction to developing and managing community sport; Part II outlines the key issues and challenges that face those working in the sector; and Part III examines the leadership and management qualities needed to effectively manage and develop community sport.

Insightful and user-friendly, Managing and Developing Community Sport is written in an easy to read style and is a vital resource for sport management practitioners or students hoping to work in community-level sport.

part I|2 pages

Contextualising community sport and physical activity

chapter 1|12 pages

Introducing community sport and physical activity

ByChris Platts

chapter 2|15 pages

Understanding the landscape of community sport

ByChris Cutforth

chapter 3|15 pages

Walking in the shoes of others

Critical reflection in community sport and physical activity
ByDonna Woodhouse, Jim Cherrington

part II|2 pages

Contemporary issues in community sport and physical activity

chapter 4|20 pages

Physical activity interventions impacting health in the community

ByDavid Broom, Stuart Flint

chapter 5|14 pages

Including the excluded

Community cohesion through sport and physical activity
ByChris Platts

chapter 6|12 pages

Corporate social responsibility in community sport management

ByDaniel Plumley, Rob Wilson

chapter 7|16 pages

Community engagement through elite sport

ByChris Stone

chapter 8|17 pages

Community sport event management

ByJo Marsden-Heathcote, Jude Langdon

chapter 9|16 pages

Community coaching

ByPippa Jones, Val Stevenson

part III|2 pages

Functions and operations in community sport and physical activity

chapter 10|16 pages

Managing community sport and physical activity centres

ByMelissa Jacobi, Rebecca Peake

chapter 11|19 pages

Finance and budgeting for community sport and physical activity

ByRob Wilson, Daniel Plumley

chapter 12|16 pages

Leadership and management in community sport organisations

ByRebecca Peake, Melissa Jacobi

chapter 13|17 pages

Enterprise and innovation in community sport

ByJo Marsden-Heathcote, Andrew Finney

chapter 14|23 pages

Monitoring and evaluation

ByMaxine Gregory, Jayne Wilson