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Sport In Society : The Historic and Economic Development Of Sport

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Sport in Society: Task Five In this assignment I have been asked to provide to a report including information for local clubs on the operation of the sports industry both locally and nationally. The sports I have chosen to study are Football and Rugby. They both affect the economy on both a national and international basis. In this report I will explore the development and organisation of the sports industry today covering the organisation of sport through the public, private and voluntary sector; the role of education; the funding of sport both currently and historically; and the impact of media and sponsorship. I will then conclude in a summary stating why and how education, the media and funding have such an influence on sport, giving suggestions of how they might continue to influence and shape the development of sports. The sports industry currently has a very high influence on both the local and national economy, promoting a healthy lifestyle, providing entertainment, and showing role models and goals for young people to aspire to. Sport provides business opportunities, jobs, and advertisement/sponsorship facilities in the UK and helps to keep the national economy running smoothly. Regular sporting events are held regularly throughout Britain, whether a school sports day, Sunday league or a premier league football match. Sport is continually used or seen in our everyday lives; and with recent health promotion, its popularity is ever increasing. ...read more.


The private sector receives no grants and no income from taxes as they are all about profit. Grants are also rare in the private sector unless there is a huge partnership that could potentially benefit both companies dramatically. The voluntary sector is purely for the love of sport. The public sector consists of people that have come together voluntarily and decided to start a sporting club without looking for any profit or money. They merely wish to give their time to train people and help them realise their potential or raise young children from grass roots level and help them move on into a sporting life. They are supported by government funds or donations given to them by people taking part in the club. This pays for equipment and perhaps the rent of facilities needed to keep the club running smoothly. The people who run voluntary sports clubs give up their own time to teach others, and pass on the skills that they have acquired. The voluntary sector can receive funding from grants, membership fees, loans, and sponsorship. Many thousands of Britons have now become passionate and very involved in sport, especially football. Football dates back to approximately the 1820's when men used to play in the streets, which was known as "mob football". These were little more than violent, bloody street battles where many were injured and properties vandalised. The football field was the length of the town with some 500 players participating. ...read more.


It has an interesting history and has grown to become one of the world's biggest and most well known sports. It started as a simple accident when young schoolboy William Webb Ellis, picked up the ball during a school soccer match in 1823. The ball-carrying tactic introduced by the young boy soon spread to a number of other English schools. In 1839 pupils at Cambridge University gave the game a trial, which they then named "Rugby's game." Game play continued and was played both throughout schools and in leisure time. In 1848 the first set of rules of the game was devised and Rugby soon gained wide recognition throughout the UK. In 1863 the supporters of the 'non handling' game formed the Football Association. In 1871, 21 amateur clubs established the Rugby Football Union and drew up the original laws of the game. Toward the end of the 19th century many Rugby players were taking pay for their efforts. The Northern Rugby Union was formed in 1895 by a group of clubs that wanted to recompense their players for time taken from their jobs while fulfilling playing engagements. This organisation was renamed the Rugby Football League in 1922. Rugby is popular with the media and is huge on television. Matches are advertised and televised, with media interviews and follow ups - the same as football. Sports provide many jobs in media, health services and in general. Sport has helped the economy to develop and will continuously do so, making money and providing entertainment for all. ...read more.

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