Functions of Sports Clubs in European Societies

A Cross-National Comparative Study

  • Siegfried Nagel
  • Karsten Elmose-Østerlund
  • Bjarne Ibsen
  • Jeroen Scheerder

Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Siegfried Nagel, Karsten Elmose-Østerlund, Bjarne Ibsen, Jeroen Scheerder
    Pages 1-7
  3. Siegfried Nagel, Karsten Elmose-Østerlund, Bjarne Ibsen, Jeroen Scheerder
    Pages 9-33
  4. Joris Corthouts, Bart Verschueren, Elien Claes, Jeroen Scheerder
    Pages 35-64
  5. Karsten Elmose-Østerlund, Bjarne Ibsen
    Pages 65-91
  6. Geoff Nichols, Matthew James
    Pages 93-120
  7. Svenja Feiler, Christoph Breuer
    Pages 121-149
  8. Jan-Willem van der Roest, Resie Hoeijmakers, Remco Hoekman
    Pages 183-209
  9. Monika Piątkowska, Sylwia Gocłowska
    Pages 235-261
  10. Siegfried Nagel, Pascal Stegmann, Rahel Bürgi, Markus Lamprecht
    Pages 289-313
  11. Jeroen Scheerder, Kobe Helsen, Karsten Elmose-Østerlund, Siegfried Nagel
    Pages 315-343
  12. Karsten Elmose-Østerlund, Bjarne Ibsen, Siegfried Nagel, Jeroen Scheerder
    Pages 345-385

About this book


This book takes a closer look at the societal functions of sports clubs by using the broad range of empirical data of a comparative study. There is a limited amount of up-to-date knowledge on the functions of sports clubs and their potential to promote public health, social cohesion and democratic participation through volunteering and thus contribute to public welfare in European societies. Most of the existing studies are country-specific and therefore do not allow for making comparisons from a cross-national perspective. In light of this, the project ‘Social Inclusion and Volunteering in Sports Clubs in Europe’ (SIVSCE) collected, analysed and discussed comparable data and knowledge across ten European countries and disseminated this knowledge to politicians, sports professionals and sports volunteers in Europe.

The SIVSCE project contains comparative data of clubs as well as of members in selected sports clubs. In each country chapter, the comparative data from the SIVSCE project is put together in a coherent way. Particularly, the data of the member survey give in-depth information about the fulfillment of the different functions of sports clubs (e.g. extension of democratic participation, social integration). Providing in-depth data related to policy issues, structure and management of clubs and individual member surveys, this book will be useful for students―particularly those in sports management programmes―as well as researchers and practitioners in social science and economics.


Sport Sociology sporting clubs Cross-national study Sports Management Political Science Social Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Siegfried Nagel
    • 1
  • Karsten Elmose-Østerlund
    • 2
  • Bjarne Ibsen
    • 3
  • Jeroen Scheerder
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Sport ScienceUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Centre for Sports, Health and Civil SocietyUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  3. 3.Centre for Sports, Health and Civil SocietyUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  4. 4.Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research GroupUniversity of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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