Acamedic research on the topic of sport and active recreation. 

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Title Author Year  Synopsis/Executive Summary      Keywords Location
Active Open Space in a Growing Perth and Peel Curtin Centre for Sport and Recreation Research  2012

The  research  concluded  that: 

- In  delivering  significant  environmental  and  social  benefits,  the  unintended  consequence of   implementing  Bush  Forever,  WSUD  and  Liveable  Neighbourhoods  planning  policies  has  been  a   reduction  in  the  amount  of  open  space  able  to  accommodate  organised  sport.     

- With  a  high  degree  of  certainty,  the  new  suburbs  in  each  of  the  fringe  growth  sub-­regions  of   Perth  already  have  a  shortage  of  active  playing  fields. 

- If  the  provision  of  the  support  facilities is  taken  into  account,  the  total  shortfall  of  open  space   required  for  active  sport  by  2031  is  between  480-­510 ha depending  on  the  population   projections used.  

- Without  a  change  to  the  relevant  planning  policies  and  without  the  State  Government   stepping  in to  provide  additional  active  open  space  as  ROS,  this  shortage  can  only  get  worse.

Sport, shortfall, liveable neighbhourhoods, planning, policy, Curtin, CSRR, university, playing fields Western Australia - Perth and Peel
Fields of Sport Over Future of Sporting Ovals Kate Murphy - The Canning Examiner  2013

Newspaper Article.

Opening paragraph: "Perth is facing a shortage of active open space according to a State Government commissioned report that found Perth had a shortfall of 51.6 hectares, equivalent to 23 AFL ovals or 72 soccer pitches. Curtin University researchers completed the report and under their guidelines 1.4 per cent of each residential area should be set aside for active open space."

Sport, shortfall, CSRR, Canning examiner, perth, playing fields Western Australia - Perth and Peel
Review of Sport and Recreation in Regional Western Australia Mr Peter Watson MLA  2008 

Report dedicates a full review of the country/regional sport and recreation in Western Australia under the rapid changes in WA’s social, economic and environmental contexts.

Much needs to be changed in the way sport and recreation are delivered in the future if they are to be sustainable and remain a central part of our WA lifestyle.

Impacts include economic boom, especially in the construction industry and process of delivery.
Economic, environmental and social advantages of sport spaces, regional western Australia, public open space, climate change. Western Australia, Australia

Social Glue – The contribution of sport and active recreation to community wellbeing

Professor Rusell Hoye, Associate Professor Matthew Nicholson, Associate Professor Kevin Brown - Centre for Sport and Social Impact: La Trobe University There are four categories of people who join sport and active recreation organisations: the player, the socialiser, the clubber and the identifier.  Australia
Sport and Community Cohesion in the 21st Century: Understanding linkages between sport, social capital and the community. Kim M. Atherley, University of Western Australia 2006

Aim of this research was to gain insight how sport and recreation can help cohesive communities, particularly in a social context.

Report details the importance of social capital within a community and how its crucial for local development. Other sections include case studies and reviews outlining the social benefits of sport and recreation participation.
Community cohesion, inclusion, social capital, community development, sport and recreation. Western Australia, Australia
The Future of Australian Sport  Australian Sports Commission  2013 

Individualised sport and fitness activities are on the rise, people are fitting more sport into their busy and time-fragmented lifestyles to achieve personal health objectives.

Participation rates in aerobics, running, walking, along with gym membership have all risen sharply over the past decade whilst participation rates for organised sports have held constant or declined.

Australians are becoming more health conscious and are increasingly playing sport to get fit rather than getting fit to play sport. 
Sport types, opportunity, extreme to mainstream, cultural change, open space. Australia