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Sports development has become a prominent concern within both the academic
study of sport and within the organization and administration of sport. The
Routledge Handbook of Sports Development is the first book to comprehensively
map the wide-ranging territory of sports development as an activity and as a
policy field, and to offer a definitive survey of current academic knowledge
and professional practice.
Spanning the whole spectrum of activity in sports development, from youth
sport and mass participation to the development of elite athletes, the book
identifies and defines the core functions of sports development, exploring the
interface between sports development and cognate fields such as education,
coaching, community welfare and policy. The book presents important new studies
of sports development around the world, illustrating the breadth of practice
within and between countries, and examines the most important issues facing
practitioners within sports development today, from child protection to
With unparalleled depth and breadth of coverage, the Routledge Handbook of
Sports Development is the definitive guide to policy, practice and research in
sports development. It is essential reading for all students, researchers and
professionals with an interest in this important and rapidly evolving field.