A socioecological framework for leveraging sport events for youth sport

Georgia Teare*, Marijke Taks

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Proponents of sport events maintain that sport events foster sport participation among host community members, particularly among youth. However, the evidence to support these claims is lacking. The use of theory provides a guided approach to investigating and understanding a phenomenon. Often used to design, implement, and evaluate interventions for youth sport participation, Social Ecology Theory provides a strong theoretical foundation for understanding how sport events can be used in interventions to foster sport participation among youth (i.e., event leveraging). Thus, this article proposes a socioecological framework for leveraging sport events for youth sport participation. The proposed socioecological framework explains how the different socioecological levels (i.e., intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community, political) and systems (i.e., micro, meso, exo, macro, chrono) interact to better understand how to design, implement, and evaluate leveraging initiatives for youth sport participation from sport events.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Major Sporting Events
EditorsHarry A. Solberg, Rasmus K. Storm, Kamilla Swart
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781800885653
ISBN (Print)9781800885646
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2024

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