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A Geographical Study of Scottish Sport

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The thesis identifies a lack of research in the general subject area of sports geography and in particular Scottish sports geography.

A new conceptual framework for the analysis of the geography of sport is developed from an extensive review of the literature.

This framework is then used to illustrate three case studies of the sports landscape in Scotland at three geographical scales. Case study one considers a national sport and traces curling, from its origin to the international Olympic sport it is today, through time and the geographical concepts of space, place, and environment.

The sport of curling is shown to be a distinctively Scottish despite influences of modernisation and internationalisation. At the regional scale, case study two identifies two key sporting attributes.

Recent survey data are used to highlight regional variations in sports club membership and volunteering in sport. For example the highest rate of sports volunteering in the population is found in the north of Scotland, while the biggest contribution to the sport volunteer workforce comes from large urban towns nearer the central belt.

Finally case study three examines a local sportscape. Factors relating to the local population and to the individuals within the sportscape are combined to propose a model for the analysis of sports places.

Each case study has added to the knowledge of sports geography in Scotland, however the real benefit of the thesis is to the overall understanding of sports geographical analysis.

A new conceptual framework has been developed for the geographical analysis of sport and this has been applied to three case studies to illustrate its efficacy.

This is a first Geography of Sport in Scotland.



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Reference : Reid, F. (2010). A Geographical Study of Scottish Sport. PhD Thesis. Stirling: University of Stirling. Available from


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