Pathways to physical activity legacy: assessing the regeneration potential of multi-sport events using a prospective approach

Clark, J. and Kearns, A. (2015) Pathways to physical activity legacy: assessing the regeneration potential of multi-sport events using a prospective approach. Local Economy, 30(8), pp. 888-909. (doi:10.1177/0269094215601993)

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Abstract

Urban regeneration is now commonly cited as the rationale for hosting multi-sport events. However, the concept of legacy arising from these events is contested and the evidence base in relation to benefits for the host community is weak, especially in respect of increasing physical activity and sports participation. A theory-based assessment framework is developed to provide a robust prospective assessment of the likely impacts of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on physical activity for the host community in the East End of the city. We identify scope for change, anticipated causal pathways and propose supporting physical activity though better designed environments as a means of generating legacy benefits at population level.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Urban regeneration, renewal, physical activity, Commonwealth Games, legacy, multi-sport events, policy
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kearns, Professor Ade and Clark, Dr Julie
Authors: Clark, J., and Kearns, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Local Economy
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:0269-0942
ISSN (Online):1470-9325
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Sage Publications
First Published:First published in Local Economy 30(8):888-909
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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