As a form of physical activity, mass participation sport is now firmly on the public policy agenda in the UK and elsewhere. The health and well being of citizens forms part of popular discourse, evidenced by repeated references to "obesity‟ epidemics in the media and indicated by the establishment of new policies, policy agents or a refocusing of previous efforts to address this issue. For example in the UK a new central government minister for Public Health has been established to work in partnership with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Transport, the Department for Education and Skills and sports delivery bodies to raise participation. The legacy effects of increased mass participation were also championed in the recent successful 2012 London Olympic bid. This is indicative of a more general pattern in most economies where government departments formulate policy which is then implemented by sports policy agencies working alongside the various stakeholders in sport, such as governing bodies, sports clubs and volunteer bodies etcetera.
In England the implementation of sports participation policy is being shaped by the identification of particular "drivers" and "settings" of change by Sport England, the relevant sports policy agency. The purpose of this paper is to further contribute to discussion of such policy initiatives.
Editor's comments - [ This paper explores the decision to participate in sports activities in the UK and the subsequent frequency of participation. The paper draws links between economic and other theories of social interaction to motivate the discussion and links these theories to assessing policy initiatives in the UK. Cluster analysis is combined with a Heckman analysis to examine the empirical evidence provided by the General Household Survey in 2002. The results suggest that social and personal capital are of paramount importance in determining sports participation and consequently it is these features that policy should focus upon. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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