The “Sport for All” program was initiated by the reformist Labour Government during the 1970s. Its aims and objectives included the increased community involvement of underrepresented groups (such as the unemployed) and the breaking down some of the exiting barriers to participation in sports. To a large extent, those initiatives consisted of financial and other resource investment in large-scale sports facilities. Unfortunately, the comparative absence of sports development structures within those facilities has greatly reduced their ability to provide the benefits envisioned for their communities, notwithstanding the dedication and professional experience of facility managers.
Explain difference in the roles of the Community Sports Development Officer and the traditional Sports Development Officer.
In keeping with the fundamental purpose of community sports development in general, the role of the community sports development officer relates substantially to the use of sport as a means to achieve other (i.e. non-sport-related) objectives.
Conversely, the role of the traditional sports development officer is a function of the general purpose of traditional sports development, whereby sports development is directed substantially (or exclusively) toward specific goals of performance and performance improvement with respect to particular athletes or athletic organizations.
In principal, community sports development officers are dedicated to the benefits of sports and the benefits of sports participation within the community; the level of sports performance is comparatively unimportant. Traditional sports development officers direct their energies and concerns to sports as end in themselves rather than as the means to achieve other.