Routledge Handbook of Sport and Legacy
Meeting the Challenge of Major Sports Events
Edited by Richard Holt, Dino Ruta
Routledge – 2015 – 376 pages
What remains of a great sporting spectacle after the last race is run or the final match is played? How can the vast expense of mounting such events be justified ? What if there is nothing left behind or what if the legacy is negative, a costly infrastructure which is unused or a debt-ridden host city? The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Legacy addresses perhaps the most important issue in the hosting of major contemporary sporting events: the problem of ‘legacy’. It offers a rigorous, innovative and comparative insight into this contested concept from interdisciplinary and practical perspectives.
Major events must now have a conscious, credible and defined policy for legacy to meet public expectations. The book provides a comprehensive survey of the various kinds of legacy that can be delivered, as well as a close examination of the potential benefits and practical challenges involved in each. From ‘hard’ legacies, such as stadia and infrastructure, to ‘soft’ legacies including skill development, attitude change and capacity building, the book establishes the limits of what can realistically be achieved in terms of economic, social, cultural, physical and sporting development.
The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Legacy includes contributions from world leading scholars and practitioners and features detailed case studies of major sports events from around the world, including the FIFA World Cup and ten Olympics Games from London in 1948 to London 2012. It is invaluable reading for students and researchers working in sport studies, events management, human geography, economics or planning, and an essential reference for any professional engaged in delivering legacy through sport.
Introduction Part 1: Planning Legacy 1. A Strategic Approach to Legacy 2. Tangible and Intangible Legacy 3. Planning Legacy for Stakeholder Expectations 4. The Governance of Legacy Part 2: Urbanisations and Legacy 5. Capacity Building 6. Extensive Urban Regeneration 7. Infrastructure and Facilities 8. Urban Transport 9. Branding the City Part 3: The Economics of Legacy 10. Flow of Funding 11. Funding the Games and Tourism: The Past 12. Tourism Enhancement: The Future 13. Merchandise and Memorabilia: Symbols as Legacy Part 4: Social Legacies 14. Legacy and Social Change 15. Promoting Culture and Education 16. Preserving Environment Part 5: Legacy and ‘Human Capital’ 17. Event Skills Building 18. Knowledge Transfers 19. Volunteer Effect Part 6: The Politics of Legacy 20. International Relations and Political Legacies 21. Promoting Developing Countries 22. Assessing the Failure of a Bidding Process
Richard Holt is Director of the International Centre for Sport History and Culture and Professor of History at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, and formerly Senior Research Fellow at the University of Leuven, Belgium . He is the author of the seminal study of British sport, ‘Sport and the British: a modern history’ (1989), and co-author of ‘Sport in Britain: 1945-2000 (2000, with Tony Mason). He has co-edited a range of collected essays, most recently ‘Sport and the Transformation of Europe’ (with Christopher Young and Alan Tomlinson) and has published extensively in a wide range of leading academic journals and lectured internationally on the history of sport. He is the Scientific Director of the FIFA Master programme at De Montfort University.
Dino Ruta is Professor of Organization and Human Resource Management at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy. He is Scientific Director of the FIFA International Master in Humanities, Management and Law of Sports at SDA Bocconi School of Management, and Director of the Master in Organization and Human Resource Management at Bocconi University. He was visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA, and at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, USA. His research activities are focused on strategic human resources and stakeholders management, in the field of corporate and sport sectors. Professor Ruta is also the Organizational Expert of UEFA for the Licensing system of the Italian Football Federation.