Despite the widespread belief among politicians and policymakers regarding the value of sport in tackling a range of social issues from obesity to delinquency, participation in many traditional sports continues to decline. In contrast, participation and interest in more informal sports, and lifestyle sports in particular, appears to be increasing (e.g. Australian Government (2013): The Future of Australian Sport). However, due to the lack of formal organisations in many lifestyle sports, it is harder for policy makers to access these communities, or understand how to make interventions effective and relevant.
This six-part seminar series offers an opportunity for policymakers, educationalists and practitioners to come together with academic researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds to consider the changing role of sport in contemporary lifestyles.
The specific objectives of the seminars are to:
- Engage in topical and timely scholarly debate around the social value of informal and lifestyle sport
- Establish the potential of informal and lifestyle sports to inform policy, and identify future potential and challenges
- Inform policy debate and development across areas including health and well-being, education, the arts, sport, youth and community development, tourism and planning
- Establish innovative approaches to enhancing and developing active lifestyles
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Funded by the Economic & Social Research Council. Hosted by CoSTaLS at the University of Brighton, in partnership with Brunel University, London and Bournemouth University.