Pathways to physical activity legacy: Assessing the regeneration potential of multi-sport events using a prospective approach

Julie Clark, Ade Kearns

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Urban regeneration is now commonly cited as the rationale for hosting multi-sport events. However, the concept of legacy arising from these events is contested and the evidence base in relation to benefits for the host community is weak, especially in respect of increasing physical activity and sports participation. A theory-based assessment framework is developed to provide a robust prospective assessment of the likely impacts of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on physical activity for the host community in the East End of the city. We identify scope for change, anticipated causal pathways, and propose supporting physical activity through better designed environments as a means of generating legacy benefits at population level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)888-909
Number of pages12
JournalLocal Economy
Issue number8
Early online date15 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • Regeneration
  • legacy
  • evaluation
  • Commonwealth Games
  • mega sports events
  • policy
  • Glasgow Scotland
  • Physical Activity
  • Health Behavior

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