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Leveraging the London 2012 Paralympic Games to increase sports participation: the role of voluntary sports clubs.

Brown, C. and Pappous, A. S., 2022. Leveraging the London 2012 Paralympic Games to increase sports participation: the role of voluntary sports clubs. Managing Sport and Leisure. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/23750472.2022.2105253


Purpose: This study investigates the extent to which English voluntary sports clubs leveraged the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and what impact leveraging had on the sports participation of people with disabilities (PwD) at clubs. Research methods: Realist evaluation was used to frame the research. An online questionnaire was administered to English clubs between 27 January 2018 and 8 April 2018. Four hundred and thirty-three clubs were included in the final analysis. Findings: Most clubs did not leverage the London 2012 Paralympics. Clubs that leveraged were more likely to have increased their PwD membership. Holding taster sessions was the most effective leveraging activity. Principal components analysis revealed two leveraging constraints: knowledge of disability, and resources to leverage. A one-way MANOVA revealed clubs from inclusively funded national governing bodies were more likely to be constrained by their limited knowledge of disability. Implications: This study suggests specific disability provision at clubs was important to the successful leveraging of the 2012 Paralympics for increased sport participation of PwD. The intention and capacity of the club to support leveraging were also important factors. Research contribution: This study produces empirical data on the role and effectiveness of clubs as sites for sport participation for PwD following the Paralympic Games.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Voluntary sport clubs; leveraging; people with disabilities; Paralympic legacy; sport participation
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:37327
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 Aug 2022 08:55
Last Modified:08 Aug 2022 08:55


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