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Beyond the Glamour: Resident Perceptions of Olympic Legacies and Volunteering Intentions.

Shipway, R., Ritchie, B.W. and Chien, P.M., 2020. Beyond the Glamour: Resident Perceptions of Olympic Legacies and Volunteering Intentions. Leisure Studies, 39 (2), 181 - 194.

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DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2019.1693612


This study examines factors that influence residents’ volunteering behaviours post-completion of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It posits that residents’ interactions with the event over time and their perceptions of event legacies are likely to exert influence on volunteering. Data were collected in two phases between January 2013 and April 2016 amongst residents living in the borough of Weymouth and Portland. The borough is in the county of Dorset in the South West of England, and was the host destination for the sailing events of the 2012 Games. Our findings revealed that residents’ intention to volunteer post-Games declined from 2013 and 2016. Actual volunteering experience, perceived event legacy, commitment to the community, age and length of residence were found to contribute significantly to future volunteering intentions. While the results provide insights for those seeking to develop event legacy strategies to both recruit volunteers and to better leverage volunteering opportunities, it also cautions the claim of positive volunteering legacy made by the 2012 Games.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Volunteering ; Olympic Games ; Residents ; Perceptions ; Legacy ; Time
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:33019
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:11 Nov 2019 10:00
Last Modified:06 Mar 2023 11:03


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