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Title: The olympic games and raising sport participation: A systematic review of evidence and an interrogation of policy for a demonstration effect.
Authors: Weed, M
Coren, E
Fiore, J
Wellarda, I
Chatziefstahiou, D
Dowse, S
Mansfield, L
Keywords: Olympic and paralympic games;Inspiring participation;Sport participation investment;Sport policy;Evidence-based policy
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Citation: European Sport Management Quarterly, 15(2): 195 - 226, (2015)
Abstract: Research questions: Can a demonstration effect, whereby people are inspired by elite sport, sports people and events to actively participate themselves, be harnessed from an Olympic Games to influence sport participation? Did London 2012 sport participation legacy policy draw on evidence about a demonstration effect, and was a legacy delivered? Research methods: A worldwide systematic review of English language evidence returned 1778 sources iteratively reduced by the author panel, on advice from an international review panel to 21 included sources that were quality appraised and synthesised narratively. The evidence was used to examine the influence of a demonstration effect on sport participation engagement and to interrogate sport participation legacy policy for London 2012. Results and findings: There is no evidence for an inherent demonstration effect, but a potential demonstration effect, properly leveraged, may deliver increases in sport participation frequency and re-engage lapsed participants. Despite setting out to use London 2012 to raise sport participation, successive UK Governments' policy failures to harness the potential influence of a demonstration effect on demand resulted in failure to deliver increased participation. Implications: If the primary justification for hosting an Olympic Games is the potential impact on sport participation, the Games are a bad investment. However, the Games can have specific impacts on sport participation frequency and re-engagement, and if these are desirable for host societies, are properly leveraged by hosts, and are one among a number of reasons for hosting the Games, then the Games may be a justifiable investment in sport participation terms.
Description: "This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Sport Management Quarterly on 28/01/2015, available online:"
ISSN: 1618-4742
Appears in Collections:Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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