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Sphere of influence of leisure

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An intro to the sphere of influence in leisure

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Sphere of influence of leisure

  1. 1. The Sphere of Influence for Leisure Activities
  2. 2. Syllabus links Variations in sphere of influence for different kinds of sporting and touristic facility, including neighbourhood parks and gyms, city stadiums and national parks
  3. 3. The ‘Leisure Hierarchy’ The availability of leisure facilities varies according to the size of the settlement. Each leisure facility is influenced by: • Its threshold population – the number of people needed to support the facility • Its catchment area or sphere of influence – the size of the area that the facility serves • Its range – the maximum distance people are prepared to travel to use the facility
  4. 4. What factors influence the distribution of sports & Tourist facilities? Accessibility Those that need high threshold populations tend to be located in the centre eg. Shopping malls Land cost Those that require more space tend to be in the suburbs and beyond eg. Golf courses. Physical characteristics Some leisure facilities need certain physical characteristics eg. A river for rowing, scenic wonders for a national park. History/Tradition Some sports stadiums are located near the centre as they were built before land prices rose. Socio-Econ characteristics Some facilities are located where they have demand from particular groups eg. Gyms for the upwardly mobile. Government support Some facilities (recreation centres) are built with public $ to encourage a healthier, more cohesive community.

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