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'With Specific reference to the marketing of sports development initiatives, discuss and evaluate the most important components of the marketing mix and consider their relevance to the customer'.

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Marketing Assignment 'With Specific reference to the marketing of sports development initiatives, discuss and evaluate the most important components of the marketing mix and consider their relevance to the customer'. Once the Organisation or Company has developed its marketing strategy and the Target Market has been identified, it can begin to plan the marketing mix. The marketing mix is one of the dominant ideas in modern marketing. The marketing mix is the combination of four variable controllable tools: (below) * Product * Price * Place * Promotion (Kotler, 2001) These four tools are known as the 4P's, the Product is what is offered to the customer, which can be tangible for example; a football pitch, or the product could be intangible for example; a sports development programme. The Place is the location where the product is offered to the customer. It can be either physical location for example; a Football Stadium, or it can be a chain of distribution for example; a sports shop where you buy clothes to take home. The Price is how much the product costs. The price can be varied, depending on how much the customer values the product for example; a top golf course will ...read more.

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'Mini-Soccer' Is an example of a Sports Development initiative, which below describes how the components of the marketing mix (product, promotion, price and place) are important, with the relevance of the consumer mind. The product: Mini-Soccer is a Football development initiative started in 1999 aimed at developing young players under the age of 10. The initiative is organised by the Football Association through local F.A's, where each F.A has a Mini-Soccer co-ordinator who is key to including all the agencies. Mini-Soccer takes place in Schools, Clubs, Festivals, and Mini-Soccer Festivals. There are many Mini-Soccer programmes available, and each club or school who takes part in Mini-Soccer must provide the equipment and pitches. The number of programmes available make accessibility easier for the consumer, so that children can take part in Mini-Soccer through the Primary school or at their local Football club. There are several quality issues such as the safe environment in which Mini-Soccer takes place, with fun and enjoyment in mind. The specifications of the equipment and pitches are standardised, and the principles and rules of Mini-Soccer are modified from the 110a0side game and are similar to those in Association Football, except that there are smaller goals and pitches, and fewer players on each team. ...read more.

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The Dragon sports scheme is national, and incorporates the national flag - the dragon, into branding (its name and logo), therefore making it appealing to the Welsh children. The Dragon Sports programmes can be easily delivered by volunteers, supported by a comprehensive range of resource cards and equipment to help deliver Dragon Sports sessions, with further resource materials for the recruitment and training of volunteer parents, coaches and teachers. All resources are also compatible with the National Curriculum so therefore can be used within Physical Education in Schools. Dragon Sports is promoted by the Sports Council for Wales, but also individually through various schemes throughout the country. Various marketing communications are used mainly posters, and the easy to use website - which is appealing and informative. Promotions within Dragon Sports are ongoing, particularly the summer Dragon Sports. There are numerous places including the 1700 Primary Schools across Wales where Dragon Sports takes place, as it is a national scheme. Other locations of Dragons Sports are youth clubs, sports clubs and within communities. Transportation is arranged separately within local areas. There is no pricing strategy for Dragon Sports, as the aim is to increase participation and raise standards. Dragon Sports are funded by the Sports Council for Wales, who pay for the facilities and services, which are used. (http://www.campau-draig.co.uk/dsp_frame. ...read more.

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