Multi-sector approaches for sport and physical activity in South East Wales

Baker, Colin and Kilgour, Lindsey (2011) Multi-sector approaches for sport and physical activity in South East Wales. Project Report. University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester.

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Abstract

Background The recent Vision for Sport in Wales (2010) encompasses a fresh approach to the delivery of sport in Wales. It prioritises a new partnership approach to sport and physical activity development that brings together the public, private and voluntary sectors. At present, wide scale coordinated partnership approaches remain in their relative infancy. Aim To evaluate the potential efficacy of partnership approaches in this context. Methods A qualitative approach was adopted to explore the perceptions and experiences of principal stakeholders (n = 3) within the Welsh sporting system Findings Data analysis revealed a range of perceived partnership advantages including; shared costs / risks, greater coordination and opportunities for learning. Perceived disadvantages included the potential for conflict, lack of clarity and burn-out. Barriers to partnership efficacy included historical issues for example, conflict, lack of trust and a lack of fit between the Vision and the culture of sport and non-sport organisations. Perceived facilitators included high level commitment to the Vision, local leaders and outcome-led funding. Using the partnership readiness framework it was possible to identify 9 principal factors which highlighted the present strength of partnership approaches in sports development. Conclusion Despite a genuine enthusiasm for engaging a more diverse range of partners it was recognised that a need for greater clarity, local ownership, improved partnership skills and understanding, and a need to establish robust evidence prohibited the embedding of partnership working within the Welsh sporting landscape on a wide-scale basis.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Colin Baker
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 12:16
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2015 12:42
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2391

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