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Sport in the Community: The Next Ten Years

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next10years Sport in the Community the next ten years: (1980's)

  • There will be a smaller school and teenage population, but more adults, many in smaller households
  • Population growth will concentrate on smaller towns, rural areas, and outer city rings, demanding up-graded or new sports facilities
  • Larger families, low income groups, and single person households in inner cities will have special needs to be met
  • Travel cost increases have not yet cut into sporting participation
  • There will be more leisure time, (though its distribution is unsure), and a relatively high level of unemployment. Consequently, there will be an increasing demand for leisure pursuits with sport being one of the most buoyant.
    Sporting participation has grown in popularity and frequency (Chapter 2):
  • Broadly, participation in outdoor sport doubled in the 1960s and in indoor sport in the 1970s, when outdoor sport grew by a further 50%. By 1980, 30% were taking part in outdoor sport once a month or more often and 23% in indoor sport regularly. This represented growth of 7.2% and 6.1% respectively in the three years since 1977
  • Participation has grown considerably amongst younger middle-aged men and women, and especially amongst skilled manual groups
  • But there are groups which are low in participation — housewives, especially those with young children, semi and unskilled workers, people over the age of 45, and the handicapped [sic], ethnic minorities and the unemployed
  • The mainspring of the growth in indoor sport has been the multi-purpose sports centres of which there were 460 major and 310 smaller in England by 1981. These are essentially local in their impact, and introduce new people to sport without emptying existing facilities or damaging existing clubs. Where they are readily accessible and well marketed and managed, they attract a wider use by the local population
  • Joint provision, especially with education, achieves good sports facilities at a lower cost than separate provision, though the majority of schools and colleges with suitable facilities are still under-used, especially at weekends and in the holidays.

This document represents the Sports Council (GB)'s take on sport in the UK in the 1980’s, in it they set targets for participation; establish target groups, and suggest policy toward performance and excellence. The document details and describes participation in sport, offers some wider narrative about health and sports participation.



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Editor's comments - [  We quite like this as the first sport policy document that details sport in wider social agendas; lots of stats that are useful for contemporary student study.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (2012). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Cryer (2012)


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Reference :  Sports Council. (1982) Sport in the Community: The Next Ten Years. London: Sports Council


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