The Conception, Development And Application Of Sport-For-Development Theory

Alexis Lyras, Jon Welty Peachey

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This chapter aims to share personal narratives in order to better understand how ideas related to Sport-for-Development Theory (SFDT). The important theoretical extension and application of SFDT is that it was the first work to examine the design, structures and management of a sport-based service-learning project with a SFD mission. M. Edwards published a conceptual piece on the role of sport in community capacity building, utilising SFDT as a grand theoretical framework from which to build a smaller range theoretical framework of sport's role in community capacity building. The theoretical frameworks were selected because they could provide a foundation that would help SFD researchers and practitioners best design programmes and policy; understand implications, foundations, limitations and the process of change. The Doves Olympic Movement model's programme components and theoretical foundations served as the conceptual framework for developing SFDT, which was a result of cumulative programme design and delivery, tested and validated with evidence from the field.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Theory in Sport Management
EditorsGeorge B Cunningham, Janet S Fink, Alison Doherty
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781315753461
ISBN (Print)9780815383994, 9781138803848
StatePublished - Oct 26 2015

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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