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9 March 2023

Episode 595

30 minutes


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What roles do stadiums, parks and clubrooms play in our built environment? We look at the intersection between sports and city planning, delve into the US pickleball craze and explore Argentina’s sports clubs.

9 March 2023

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Chapter 1

Sports and the city

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A major stadium project or sporting event can have a huge effect on our cities. So, it’s essential that developers work alongside communities to deliver better places for sports fans and residents alike. Tim Kellison, an associate professor of sport management at Georgia State University, explains how sports organisations can act as community leaders.

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9 minutes


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The pickleball takeover

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The popularity of this racquet sport, which was invented in the 1960s, is surging across the US – leading to a scramble for court space between pickleballers and tennis players. Gavin Buckley, an avid pickleball player and the mayor of Annapolis, shows us how it’s done.

9 minutes

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Argentina’s sports clubs

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We’re in Buenos Aires to explore how the city’s sports clubs are bringing communities together as anchors for social life.

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