Managing Public Sport and Leisure Services

Managing Public Sport and Leisure Services

Managing Public Sport and Leisure Services

Managing Public Sport and Leisure Services

Synopsis

The public sector is the largest provider of sport and leisure facilities and the biggest employer of leisure management graduates - the last decade has seen enormous changes in this sector. In this significant new student textbook - the first to investigate leisure management in a public sector context - Leigh Robinson examines the unique issues facing public sector managers and analyzes the application of contemporary management strategies and techniques to public sector leisure. It provides thorough coverage of the work and skills required in addition to the challenges and issues facing leisure managers. This book also challenges the perceptions and negative comparisons with the private sector. Written using a clear and user-friendly style, this textbook will be core reading for students of sport, leisure and recreation management, and makes an accessible reference for practicing managers working across the spectrum of leisure provision, from sport facilities through to parks, arts and heritage.

Excerpt

The public sector is both the major provider of sport and leisure opportunities and the largest source of employment within this industry. the management of these services has, however, changed fundamentally in recent times. As a result of changes in government legislation, market demands and increasing competition, management of contemporary public sport and leisure services is fundamentally different from that of the 1970s and 1980s. One of the main changes has been the increasing adoption of management approaches and techniques that have been traditionally associated with the commercial sector. Within the past decade, the use of such techniques has become increasingly common in the delivery of public sport and leisure services, as innovative managers have looked to the commercial sector for ideas on how to manage the changing public context.

The adaptations made, and lessons learned, by these managers have been communicated to the industry in a piecemeal and haphazard fashion. Most of the literature available on the use of management techniques in public sport and leisure services is a mixture of rhetoric and/or prescriptive information. in addition, there has been little attempt to systematically consider the application of, or indeed the appropriateness of, public sector use of techniques that are traditionally associated with the commercial sector.

This book aims to fill these gaps and will systematically consider and analyse the issues facing the management of contemporary public sport and leisure services. the book will also evaluate and adapt traditionally commercial management strategies and techniques in order to present best practice in the management of public services. the practical application of the management concepts under review will be highlighted and reported through the use of case study material.

Content and sequencing of the book

Part I

The challenge of public sport and leisure management

This section provides an introduction to, and a discussion of, the nature of management in contemporary public sport and leisure services.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.