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The inspirational effects of three major sport events

Girish M. Ramchandani (Sport Industry Research Centre, Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
Richard J. Coleman (Sport Industry Research Centre, Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)

International Journal of Event and Festival Management

ISSN: 1758-2954

Article publication date: 5 October 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether attending one‐off sport events might inspire audiences to increase their participation in sport or recreational physical activity.

Design/methodology/approach

Primary data collection was undertaken with spectators aged 16 and over at three major sport events held in the UK in 2010. The findings are based on an aggregate sample of 2,312 respondents.

Findings

Around two‐thirds of respondents reported that their event experience had inspired them to increase their participation in sport or physical activity. The inspiration effect varied according to age and respondents’ predisposition to sport. The main factors that caused the inspiration were linked directly to the athletes and the competition. The provision of information about opportunities to undertake sport was found to be the most important lever to convert inspiration into participation.

Originality/value

Evidence of the impact of major sport events on mass participation is relatively scarce and inconclusive. In order for any “trickle‐down” effect to occur, it would be reasonable to assume that audiences would first be inspired by their event experience. It is this basic sense of inspiration that the research aimed to measure.

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Citation

Ramchandani, G.M. and Coleman, R.J. (2012), "The inspirational effects of three major sport events", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 257-271. https://doi.org/10.1108/17582951211262693

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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