SPOR07045 2022 Planning for Sport and Recreation

General Details

Full Title
Planning for Sport and Recreation
Transcript Title
Planning Sport & Recreation
75 %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Aileen Brennan, Roddy Gaynor
Programme Membership
SG_BSPOR_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business SG_BAPPL_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business

This subject aims to give an understanding and knowledge of the principles, concepts and tools employed by sports organisations and professionals when planning for sport and recreation 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


gain an understanding of the processes, tools and characteristics of planning


explain the rationale for planning in a sports management context


demonstrate the systematic planning process employed in a market based feasibility study for a sports or leisure project


explain the process for achieving local sports and recreation strategy and the content it contains


able to describe application process for funding under the sports capital programme 


explain the principles and models employed in the strategic approach to sports facility provision


illustrate an annual training and competition plan for a performance based athlete or player

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will be delivered via series of lectures and tutorials. Students will be required to undertake an active learning study.

Module Assessment Strategies

1. The student will gain an understanding of the processes, tools and characteristics of planning

Lecture and an associated tutorial. 

Incorporated in final exam

2. The student will be able to explain the rationale for planning in a sports management context

Lecture and an associated tutorial.

Incorporated in final exam

3. The student will be able to demonstrate the systematic planning process employed in a market based feasibility study for a sport or leisure project

Lecture and an associated Tutorials. 

feasibility study report

4. The student will be able to explain the development process for and the content of a local sport and recreation strategy

Lecture and an associated Tutorials. 

Incorporated in final exam

5. The student will be able to describe the sports capital funding programme of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Lecture and an associated Tutorials. 

Group in-class project to complete application

6. The student will be able to explain the principles and models employed when standardising recreation facility provision

Lecture and an associated Tutorials. 

Incorporated in final exam

7. The student will be able to illustrate an annual training and competition plan for a performance based athlete or player

Lecture and an associated Tutorials. 

Preparation of annual training plan

Repeat Assessments

Students must achieve an overall grade of 40% to pass module. If a student has failed overall, they will be required to repeat the specific elements that they have failed. 

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to Planning                                                                                           5%     

  •  Define what is planning, why we need to plan and what are the characteristics of planning 

Planning for Sport                                                                                                     5%

  • Define the organizations and professionals who are involved in sport and recreation planning in Ireland.
  • Explain the context and models by which Irish sports organisations plan.

Feasibility Planning in Sport                                                                                  20%

  • Explain the rationale for undertaking a market based feasibility study.
  • Explain market planning in sport.
  • Describe the systematic approach to the planning and implementation of a feasibility study for a sport or leisure venture.
  • Carry out a feasibility study .

Local Sport and Recreation Strategy                                                                    20%

  • Explain the process involved in developing a a local sport and recreation strategy .
  • Describe the role of the Local Sport Partnerships in Ireland in developing and implementing such strategies.

Standardised Sport & Recreation Facility Provision                                            15%

  • Explain what influences participation for sports facilities.
  • Explain the relationship between supply and demand in planning sports facility provision.
  • Discuss the development of an Irish Sports Facility Planning Model.
  • Explain the approach to design and layout of sport / fitness facilities.

Sport Capital Funding                                                                                               10%

  • Describe the processes involved in making a successful application to the Department of Sport for a sports capital grant. Prepare a sports capital grant application.

Open Space Recreational Planning                                                                         10%

  • Define Open Space. Typology of open Space. Defined functionality. Play area planning. Park area planning. urban open space planning.

Performance Planning in Sport                                                                                15%

  • Define Periodisation and adaptation to training for performance and high performance sport.
  • Define principles of overload, regeneration in context of LTAD.
  • Examine models for annual training plans.
  • Development of annual training plan.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report conduct feasibility study Continuous Assessment Written Report/Essay 30 % Week 7 3
2 Annual Training Plan Continuous Assessment Project 20 % Week 10 7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre class lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Problem Based Learning Flat Classroom weekly tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Student Research and Collaboration 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2000-01-27 Recreation And Sport Planning And Design Guidelines-2nd Human Kinetics
ISBN 0736003452 ISBN-13 9780736003452

Completely revised and expanded, this new edition is an invaluable guide for anyone involved in the planning and design of recreation and sport facilities and open spaces. It provides a solid introduction to this multifaceted topic and a wealth of practical information you can use to guide your efforts, whether you're planning a walking trail, professional sports arena, or other facility.

New and updated content in this edition includes the following:
-A new chapter on coastal recreation planning and management to help communities and developers locate and plan recreational facilities that support a variety of activities, promote safety, and use the natural beauty of the coast without damaging the environment.

-A chapter on the personal, social, economic, and environmental benefits of recreation and sport.

-Expanded coverage of facility planning and design issues, including new sections on swimming pool design and skateboarding facilities.

-Full-color photos showing the 10 best examples of recreation and sport planning and design in Australia, of special interest due to Australia's preparations for hosting the 2000 Olympics.

-Accurate dimensions and more than 50 sample layouts for a wide variety of sport and recreation facilities, including seven new sports not featured in the first edition.
A key issue identified in the book is consultation. There are many stakeholders involved in the creation of any recreation or sport facility, and it can be a real challenge to make sure the end result meets the needs of those who initiated the project. The author describes how to communicate effectively with consultants, financers, architects, community groups, and government officials throughout the planning and development process in order to ensure success. Other exceptional features of the book include
-A chapter on the benefits of recreation and sport;

-an overview of recreation open space legislation and official planning documents, plus open space templates to assist local, district, and regional people with early planning;

-sections on facility management and fundraising that identify key factors to help keep a facility operating smoothly; and

-numerous helpful appendixes, including sample planning documents and a detailed index for easy reference.
Recreation and Sport Planning and Design is commended by the South Australian Office for Recreation and Sport of South Australia. No other book provides such broad coverage of the practical and theoretical issues that go into planning recreation and sport facilities and open spaces that are appealing, safe, and popular.

You'll find dimensions and layouts for the following sports:
-Australian football







-Rugby league

-Rugby union





New to this edition:
-American football


-Athletics (track and field)

-Beach volleyball




Recommended Reading
2005-07-13 Torkildsen's Sport and Leisure Management Routledge
ISBN 0415309956 ISBN-13 9780415309950

For this new edition the book has been completely revised, bringing the subject up to date in line with recent developments. Key changes address issues surrounding government policy and public sector leisure provision, the National Lottery, global conditions such as the world economic climate and the European Union, and communication and travel advances.  New content also covers:

  • play, recreation, leisure and the needs of people
  • leisure trends, planning and government
  • the legacy of CCT and the introduction of Best Value
  • management, training and operational aspect of Leisure & Recreation management

Leisure and Recreation Management deals with the theory of leisure studies as well as the day-to-day practicalities of managing sport, leisure and recreation facilities, ensuring this book's continued success as a student textbook and a guide for the practitioner.

Recommended Reading
2015-10-14 Sports Facilities and Technologies Routledge
ISBN 1138880639 ISBN-13 9781138880634

Developers, designers and operators are increasingly needing to create versatile sport and leisure amenities that are of lasting value to local and wider communities.

Placing facilities design and operation at the heart of sports development, this book adopts a holistic approach, integrating experience in the field with collective knowledge across many different uses and technologies.

Extensive use of case studies from around the world makes this book a definitive reference for practitioners and students in sports and leisure, building design and facilities management.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Planning Principles for Sports Halls - IAKS

Various LSP Sports Strategies - Local Sports Partnerships

Journal Resources
URL Resources



http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/ - Sports Facility Planning Models

http://www.sportengland.org/facilities-planning/ - Sports Planning Tools

https://www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie/ - Sports Facilities Funding

https://www.sportireland.ie/institute - Performance Planning

Other Resources


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