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The emergence of a hosting strategy in British sports policy

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According to a media release by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), January 1st 2009 represented the first day of a ‘Golden Decade’ of sport in Britain (Burnham, 2009). The stated aim of this decade is to align a succession of large scale sports events with existing priorities in sport policy. According to Burnham (2009: no page) ‘There are three key elements to achieving sporting success. These are getting the grassroots in shape, international elite success and hosting major events.’ This quote, taken from a speech by the then New Labour British Sports Minister Andy Burnham, indicates the 2009 priorities in British sports policy. There is little surprise in the inclusion of ‘elites’ and ‘grassroots participation’ as these have been over-emphasized in historical government rhetoric and policy. However, the placing of ‘hosting’ alongside these and the absence of community sport appears peculiar, especially since hosting has only been a stated area of government interest since the publication of Game Plan in 2002 (DCMS/Strategy Unit, 2002).

The aims of this article are twofold. Firstly, it will outline a general history of sport policy in the UK, specifically locating the emergence of a hosting strategy within this policy context. Secondly, it will suggest that the emergence of this hosting strategy can be attributed to four seemingly independent phenomena: (i) the restructuring and re-alignment of local authorities in the 1980s; (ii) broader economic changes during the same period; (iii) the path-dependent expansion of elite sport policy and (iv) the ‘pull’ of international sports organisations involved in promoting the attractiveness of their events.



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Editor's comments - [  This paper is taken from the initial literature review of a PhD thesis and aims to locate the emergence of a hosting strategy within the broader context of British sport policy. The findings indicate that the development of such a strategy cannot be attributed to any single policy action, but instead a series of path-dependent reactions to a group of seemingly unrelated policy interventions. ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Salisbury, P. (2011). The emergence of a hosting strategy in British sports policy. Plymouth: UCP Marjon


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