Current Situation of Leisure Sports Development in Europe and America and its Enlightenment to China

A paper Current Situation of Leisure Sports Development in Europe and America and its Enlightenment to China written by Professor Xiangru Li (President of World Leisure Sports Association) was published recently in Journal of Chengdu Sport University, No.4, 2017.

This paper claims that the leisure era is approaching and leisure has become part of people’s life. It discusses in main issues related to the development of leisure sports in European and American countries in the fields of sports health, leisure sports, sports tourism and leisure sports industry. What’s more, considering the global trend of leisure sports and China’s role in leading a healthy world, expectation on the development of leisure sport in China is expressed.

By studying the current development of leisure sports in some developed countries in Europe and America such as France, Canada and Australia and so on, it’s pointed out that, with economic and social development, the increase of personal material wealth and free time, leisure sports as a power that can improve human beings’ health in current era, a new lifestyle and a cultural phenomenon, attracts much attention and are widely accepted by the public. In addition, the advocacy of the truth and the quality of life, the shaping of positive leisure ideas and the pursuit of experience-based sports and leisure characterized by the integrity of body and mind, all these changes promote its flourish.

Prof. Xiangru Li considers the study of leisure sports’ development in European and American countries could inspire China in three aspects:

First is the change of ideas, that is, making concepts leading the change in leisure sports. Sports and leisure sports play an important role not only in improving people’s health but also in promoting the upgrading of sports consumption structure and the development of sports industry. In addition, people’s viewpoints are crucial for the revolution of leisure sports for the reason that its development needs not only their concern, but also their active participation.

Second is the innovation of new ways of development, taking society and the market as the core strength to promote its development. On the one hand, associations, colleges and universities, clubs and enterprises should provide diversified leisure sports products and services so as to meet the balance between supply and demand. On the other hand, since market is the decisive factor in allocating leisure sports resources, market logic and efficiency logic should dominate its development.

Third is the cultural cultivation, creating a rich culture so as to nourish its development. Government takes the main responsibility to create relevant systems and provide leisure sports facilities and equipments, ensuring its support in material, system and culture. Moreover, the government should strengthen the publicity and guidance of leisure sports, improve the cultural consciousness of both suppliers of leisure sports products and services and various participants, and implement their cultural consciousness in the development, participation and consumption of leisure sports.

Further readings:

Leisure Sports lead the Healthy World
Xiangru Li

This study is positioned within the leisure sports context to reveal the history and current situation about development of leisure sports. Leisure sports participation was regarded as useful way of Chronic Disease Prevention and health promotion, and actions have been taken worldwide. Directions changing or shift has leading to development of leisure sports in China.

The Current Trends of Leisure Sports in France
Guillaume Bodet

Sport participation in France is characterized by deep trends that make more and more French people taking part in sport activities, and broaden the types of sports and physical activity they take part in. However, sport remains differentiated in the sense that strong differences can be observed between sports, and between individuals. Along these deep trends more micro-trends can be observed involving either the purpose of sport participation (e.g. search for adventure and fun) or the forms and modalities of this participation (e.g. individualisation and technologisation). Furthermore, sport participants are increasingly difficult to satisfy as they can mix several of these micro-trends, sometimes in a contradictory fashion, demonstrate multiple interests for various leisure sports and activities, which constitutes a significant challenge for leisure sport organisations.

Current Trends in Leisure Sports in Canada
Karen Danylchuk

The purpose of this study was to explore the current trends in leisure sports in Canada. Based on physical activity and sport participation levels investigation conducted by Statistics Canada and Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute, this paper provided an overview of the most recent findings on participation of leisure, sport, physical activity, and exercise of Canadians.

Sport in Australia: An overview
Tracy Taylor

Shifting patterns of work and leisure, together with demographic changes, an increasingly diverse array of sport and leisure opportunities, commodification, commercialisation and globalisation have had a distinct impact on leisure and recreation/sport in many western countries, including Australia. This short paper overviews some trends in sport in contemporary Australia and discusses the question about the future of sport in this country.

Impacts of Climate Change on Leisure Sports Golf TourismFor the World Leisure Sports Foundation Congress
John Nauright , Anand Rampersad ,Martha Honey

According to the International Association of Golfing Tour Operators, the global golf tourism market is worth over $20 billion per year, countries are promoting golf as an important tourism activity, and golf tourism expanding rapidly. This study investigated the consumer trends and current situation of golf real estate in Caribbean area, revealed the impacts of climate change on golf course construction and on leisure sports golf tourism.