Following Gillett and Tennent (2020) who outline sport as a lens through which to view management history, this paper focusses on public services in England, specifically leisure centre provision in the late 20th century. Overall, we chart the 'evolution' of the UKs sport and leisure provision in the second half of the 20th century, expanding on the work of Houlihan (1991; 2014) who identified the central role played by local authorities in sport provision. We highlight how the public sector made some provision directly but that there was also some reliance on elite sport organisations such as professional football clubs (FCs) to provide facilities and expertise. These organisations have a quasi-public character, and Gillett and Tennent (2018) demonstrate that such collaborations led to local government efforts to protect these clubs because of their community value.
|Publication status||Published - 30 Sep 2021|
|Event||British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2021 - Online|
Duration: 31 Aug 2021 → 2 Sep 2021
|Conference||British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2021|
|Abbreviated title||BAM 2021|
|Period||31/08/21 → 2/09/21|