Nagel, Siegfried; Elmose-Østerlund, Karsten; Ibsen, Bjarne; Scheerder, Jeroen (2020). Introduction. In: Nagel, Siegfried; Elmose-Østerlund, Karsten; Ibsen, Bjarne; Scheerder, Jeroen (eds.) Functions of Sports Clubs in European Societies. A Cross-National Comparative Study. Sports Economics, Management and Policy: Vol. 13 (pp. 1-7). Cham: Springer International Publishing 10.1007/978-3-030-48535-1_1

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Sports clubs claim to fulfil several important socio-political functions and therefore
to play an important role in public welfare for European contemporary societies.
This significance is mainly based on the considerable size and voluntary character
of the club-organised sports sector. In almost all European countries, sports clubs
are valuable sports providers, playing a crucial role in regular sports activity,
particularly for youth and competitive sports. In the main, sports clubs offer a setting
for regular and well-organised sports activities characterised by conviviality and
togetherness. This book investigates the contribution of sports clubs to public
welfare using the broad range of empirical data collected within the framework of
a comparative study. The project “Social Inclusion and Volunteering in Sports
Clubs in Europe” (SIVSCE) collected comparable data at various analytical levels
across ten European countries. The overarching concern of this book is to analyse
and compare the extent sports clubs can contribute to health promotion, social
cohesion and democratic participation through volunteering, and therefore promote
public welfare in European societies. In the introduction, we provide a background
and give an overview of the structure of the ten country chapters and two
comparative chapters contained in this book.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Sociology and Management

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Nagel, Siegfried


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




Sports Economics, Management and Policy


Springer International Publishing




Edith Desideria Imthurn

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