The extent to which Sport Development is currently considered to be a profession in the United Kingdom
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This study investigates and evaluates the current position of sports development, and aims to identify whether it would be best classified as a profession or if it is best suited to being described as an emerging profession. The analysis focuses around the key concepts of how best to describe an individuals working life, as well as what needs to be done in order to recognise the importance sports development can have on political agendas such as social inclusion and the health agenda. In order for this to be fully established a number of interviews were undertaken on sports development managers in South Wales, finding that those working in the industry believe that there is still a lot of work to be done in order to reach professional status. From this the argument that sports development qualifications should be improved with specific relation to personal development as opposed to solely academic development, however there are more important issues to overcome in the industry than just qualifications, such as increasing the funding that currently received as a non statutory service. It is suggested that the professionalisation of the industry would create greater investment which would not only help in terms of salary but also in developing long term strategies and solutions for developing sport in the UK, which should be of primary concern when considering the current level of development within the sporting framework of the UK.
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