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A qualitative study of the impact of the London 2012 Olympics on families in the East Midlands of England: Lessons for sports development policy and practice.

Mackintosh, CI and Darko, N and Rutherford, Z and May-Wilkins, H (2014) A qualitative study of the impact of the London 2012 Olympics on families in the East Midlands of England: Lessons for sports development policy and practice. Sport, Education and Society, 20 (8). pp. 1065-1087. ISSN 1470-1243

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Abstract

The dynamics and culture of families are central to individual and community sport and physical activity participation. This research project examined the lived experiences and day-to-day realities of the London 2012 Olympics from the perspectives of five families in the East Midlands region of England. The aims of the project were to assess the influence the Games had on shaping family sports participation, influencing social and health relationships within the families through sports and reactions to the 2012 Olympics. The study was conducted through the generation of rich qualitative data from pre and post Games interviews as well as production of video diary data by the families and young people themselves to gather micro level information on the realities of ‘legacy’ for families. Findings from this research project illustrate that prior parental socialisation into sport shaped current attitudes to legacy and children and mothers and fathers had mixed reactions to the actual presence of legacy. There are also clear sports development challenges around accessibility, cost, project design, the non family-friendly nature of some schemes present during the potential consumption of legacy that have consequences for future research in this embryonic area. Implications from the study include the need to locate the family as a more central concern for policy makers in sports development practice. The study has questioned the assumed virtuous legacy of the London 2012 Games from the perspective of families on a day-to-day micro level. Instead, a far more complex and diverse picture from the perspective of the family has been presented that requires further critical research on this little explored topic of policy and practice in sports development.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport, Education and Society online on 10th Feb 2014 available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13573322.2014.881337
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy, 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: School of Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2015 10:46
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 09:31
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/13573322.2014.881337
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1792

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