The effects of the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games on socio-economic conditions, housing regeneration and the provision of new sports facilities in East Manchester

Bailey, Thomas (2007) The effects of the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games on socio-economic conditions, housing regeneration and the provision of new sports facilities in East Manchester. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The XVII Commonwealth Games held in Manchester 2002 was the largest sporting occasion held in the UK since the 1948 Olympics. It acted as a catalyst a great deal of physical regeneration and economic investment, both in East Manchester (the prime location of the event), and the rest of the city. Qualitative and quantitative data shows that from a city historically high in deprivation and disadvantage, Manchester has become an 'entrepreneurial' city; a prosperous location for living and investing. This study uses indices of deprivation to measure socio-economic change in East Manchester, in the period leading up to, and after the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It finds little change in the phase preceding the event, but a greater deal of relative transformation after it. The study is also concerned with the provision of sports facilities, and their effect at encouraging sport participation. As well as the indisputable personal health benefits, it is suggested that involvement in sport can be intangible to the reduction of social problems, and an important factor in strengthening communities. The study also affords some attention to the broad image and economic benefits of hosting the Games, applying them to previous theories.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/388

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