Building the health promotion capacity of sport and recreation organisations: A case study of regional sports assemblies

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Casey, Meghan, Payne, Warren and Eime, Rochelle ORCID: 0000-0002-8614-2813 (2009) Building the health promotion capacity of sport and recreation organisations: A case study of regional sports assemblies. Managing Leisure, 14 (2). pp. 112-124. ISSN 1360-6719

Abstract

Sport and recreation organisations are increasingly recognised by the health sector as key players for promoting health, particularly in terms of increasing population-wide physical activity levels. Developing the capacity of these organisations to influence health, however, is not understood. This research examined the efficacy of a system-wide, capacity-building strategy implemented to enable sporting organisations to change from a narrow focus on sport to one encompassing health promotion. This involved evaluating a state-wide health promotion programme funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and implemented within nine Regional Sports Assemblies (RSAs). The research method involved a web-based survey with all RSAs and in-depth interviews with four selected RSA Executive Officers. The results demonstrate that health promotion was successfully adopted within sport and recreation environments; however, they also highlight the need to understand the nature of existing organisational resource dependencies and interdependencies. The article discusses the design of organisational change interventions to support practitioners and policy-makers in health and sport management

Item type Article
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6799
Identification Number https://doi.org/10.1080/13606710902752588
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13606710902752588
Subjects Historical > SEO Classification > 9299 Other Health
Current > Division/Research > Other
Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Keywords ResPubID19430, organisational change, organisational development, capacity building, physical activity
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