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Academic Review of the Role of Voluntary Sports Clubs

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 As funding from the National Lottery declines over the coming years, and the population ages, voluntary sport will face a number of challenges in even maintaining its current level of membership. Sport England has identified school-club links, partnerships with the public and commercial sectors, and multi-sport ‘hubs’ and ‘networks’ as potentially providing the way forward for the voluntary sector (Moore, 2004). Other issues, identified in Driving Up Participation in Sport (Rowe, Adams and Beasley, 2004 )and drawn from analysis by the Henley Centre (2003), include the challenges of increasing participation among women (which despite increases in the 1980s and 1990s, still lags significantly behind that of men, particularly in less affluent areas), increasing participation among ethnic minority groups, and increasing participation among social groups D and E. In addition, despite the fragmentation of traditional family households, family life is still important to much of the population, and this has implications for voluntary provision. Finally, the importance of ‘well-being’ linked to a healthy body and mind and a secure social situation dovetails with the spectre of what is perceived as a more dangerous society, particularly in relation to street crime and child abuse, to provide further challenges for the voluntary sector.



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Editor's comments - [  The Institute of Sport & Leisure Policy (ISLP) at Loughborough University was commissioned by Sport England to conduct a review of the academic evidence on the role of voluntary sports clubs. Sport England identified the following areas as being the focus for the review:

• Club facilities
• Club management/constitutional arrangements
• Relationships with the educational sector
• Relationships with the public sector
• Relationships with the commercial sector
• The needs of local communities, particularly in disadvantaged areas
• The relationship between leisure professionals and volunteers

A systematic review procedure was chosen to conduct the academic review. The systematic review procedure differs from a traditional narrative literature review as it explicitly focuses on an objective, replicable, systematic and comprehensive search of literature and research evidence.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Weed, M. Robinson, L. Downward, P. Green, M. Henry, I. Houlihan, B. Argent, E. (2005). Academic Review of the Role of Voluntary Sports Clubs. London: Sport England


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