Place-based sport for development accelerators: a viable route to sustainable programming?

Meredith A. Whitley, Jon Welty Peachey

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This commentary explores a novel approach to building and managing sustainable community-based Sport for Development (SfD) organizations. Specifically, we outline the potential for place-based accelerators to support emerging local leaders in growing their capacity, leadership and social entrepreneurship capabilities, networks, and SfD organizations for sustainability. Place-based SfD accelerators could address concerns with organizational sustainability, local agency, and both individual and organizational capacity, given their innovative approach to leadership development and management, social entrepreneurship, and design thinking. Our intention in this commentary is to stimulate dialogue about the potential for place-based accelerators to support emerging local leaders, thereby leading to more sustainable community-based SfD organizations prepared to meaningfully address local issues and enact transformational social change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-539
Number of pages10
JournalManaging Sport and Leisure
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2022


  • Leadership
  • capacity
  • innovation
  • management
  • social entrepreneurship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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