Well-being resources and mass participation sports events in Pembrokeshire

Piper, Kate and Wainwright, Nalda and Emanuel, Louise and Williams, Andy (2022) Well-being resources and mass participation sports events in Pembrokeshire. Event Management, 26 (1). pp. 59-72. ISSN 1525-9951

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Abstract

Mass participation sport events (MPSEs) have grown in popularity. Specifically, in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, participation has seen a continued increase in athlete numbers and events over the last decade. Moreover, extremely high numbers of Pembrokeshire residents are participating in MPSEs. Current research provides a narrow demonstration of the role of MPSEs in supporting health and well-being. A qualitative approach was used as contrast to most methodology in the literature to better understand the embodied experiences of individuals taking part in MPSEs. This article draws on interview data from within a larger study to explore the emerging theme of well-being. Eighteen individuals, 12 females and 6 males, aged between 34 and 58 took part in the research. Findings show that firstly, exercise in several MPSE contexts strengthen psychological resources. Secondly, connections made in MPSEs provide social resources and, finally, nature and the physical environment act as a physical resource. In conclusion, many MPSE contexts, from 5K parkrun to long-distance events, provide an opportunity for people in society to develop resources to support well-being. Further analysis is ongoing to fully explore the contribution that MPSE make to the well-being of athletes and the wider community

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Management and Health > Sport Health and Outdoor Education
Depositing User: Natalie Williams
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2022 15:15
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2022 13:25
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1913

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