The Commonwealth games (Manchester 2002): the contribution of sport to regeneration in east Manchester
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The Commonwealth Games of 2002, held in Manchester, was a powerful reminder that Britain could both use sport as a tool for inner city regeneration and host a major sporting event successfully. This research has examined the role of sport in the regeneration of East Manchester. In particular the focus has been to consider the long-term impact of the Games and how far sports development could be considered a sustainable outcome of the Games. The research was based on 6 semi-structured qualitative interviews with key stakeholders. This study relied on a relatively narrow range of interviewees, raising the possibility that their assessments would be influenced to some extent by their commitment to the Games project. The results provided powerful evidence highlighting notably, the purpose behind hosting the Games, the extent to which sports development underpinned the regeneration of East Manchester, and the importance of local and national regeneration initiatives. The key points were fully discussed along with the limitations. This study concluded that: the principal purpose of the Games was regeneration; sports development was and is seen as a key part of this process; the City Council had to reinvent itself to ensure effèctive Olympic and Commonwealth bids; it is too early to assess whether the legacy of the Games has achieved all that was promised. It is anticipated that the passage of time will allow the expected legacy to be assessed with more clarity.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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