Reflecting the Public Value of Sport: A Game of Two Halves?

Stephen Brookes, Jay Wiggan

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This article draws on qualitative research that explores the concept of public value in the delivery of sport services by the organization Sport England. The research took place against a backdrop of shifting priorities following the award of the 2012 Olympic Games to London. It highlights the difficulties that exist in measuring the qualitative nature of the public value of sport and suggests there is a need to understand better the idea. Research with organizations involved alongside Sport England in the delivery of sport is described. This explores the potential to create a public value vision, how to measure it and how to focus public value on delivery beyond the aim of ‘sport for sports sake’ and more towards ‘sport for the greater good’. The article argues that this represents a game of ‘two halves’ in which the first half focuses on 2012 with the second half concerned with its legacy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-420
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Public value sport
  • public management
  • Sport England


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