CSC News

  • Summary of the North American Society for Sport Management Conference (NASSM)


    If you missed the North American Society for Sport Management Conference (NASSM), no need to worry! We have the full rundown for you here. Eight of the Centre for Sport Capacity’s fantastic members headed to Montreal, Quebec, on Wednesday, May 31st. Our members and their students came prepared for a week packed with learning, making connections, and mobilizing knowledge. Our Centre Coordinator followed along to capture the team in action and showcase their important work.  


    Dr. Kyle Rich & Larena Hoeber

    To start off the week, our very own, Dr. Kyle Rich facilitated the Qualitative Research Pre-Conference Workshop with his colleague Larena Hoeber. The workshop was organized as part of the Interdisciplinary and Impactful Sport Research Series. The entire day provided an opportunity for new and established researchers to engage in learning contemporary qualitative research methodologies, including participatory research, evaluation methods, go-along interviews, anti-oppression research, and digital research methods. 


    Dr. Corliss Bean & Caroline Hummell

    For one of the sessions, our CSC members, Dr. Corliss Beanand Caroline Hummell, walked us through some new and exciting ways to use practical qualitative evaluation methods in sport. We were so lucky to learn from this outstanding line-up of thought leaders in qualitative research.


    Dr. Kirsty Spence and Jesse Porter

    To kick off day one of the conference, Dr. Kirsty Spence’s graduate student Jesse Porter presented her work which critically explores the emotional labour of female coaches to show how such labour may become invisible and gendered. This important work will contribute to the evolution of coach development that more adequately reflects emotional realities of coaching work. The picture below highlights the ‘athlete first, women coach last’ theme from Jesse’s findings.  


    Dr. Kirsty Spence, Dr. Michael Van Bussel & Bobby Dhaliwal

    Next up, Dr. Kirsty Spence, Dr. Michael Van Bussel, and Graduate student Bobby Dhaliwal delivered a workshop on ‘Exploring the impact of SLR (Sport Leaders Retreat) core components on sport leaders’ competency development: An interactive session.” The session intended to highlight the impact of these specific SLR core components on participants’ competency development and stimulate creative thinking toward new ways of leadership development in sport contexts.  


    Dr. Kyle Rich & Grace Nelson

    Then, CSC members Dr. Kyle Rich and Grace Nelson took the stage to discuss the impact of geography and demography on sport participation. To date, research has mainly focused on the programs and management practices within the sport system, with limited research examining external factors related to geography that impact sport participant patterns. Their findings suggest a need to consider the implications of ethnicity, gender, rurality, and competition level in developing sport policy intended to increase sport participation of equity deserving groups.  


    Megan Piché

    We then moved into a wonderful presentation from MeganPiché on her work with Dr. Michael Naraine, Dr. Shannon Kerwin, and Anna Wojtis. Important findings from this work indicate that program administration should consider investment in preparation, coaching, and incorporating participant feedback into programming to maintain sustainability.  

    Dr. Kyle Rich & Grace Nelson

    The next day we moved into some awesome discussions happening with this team of outstanding faculty and students, one of which was our very own Dr. Shannon Kerwin. The team in the picture to the right presented critical work about destabilizing whiteness in sport as well as another presentation on the intersection of motherhood and coaching. These insights highlighted the importance of reflection, accountability, and continued learning in the sport sector.  


    Dr. Nick Burton & Dr. Michael Naraine

    The great discussion didn’t stop there. Dr. Nick Burton and Dr. Michael Naraine’s presentation on TikTok, sport sponsorship, and the attention economy was up next. Their findings suggested that Tiktok’s focus on content creation and generation presented advantages in driving engagement and tailoring promotions.  


    Dr. Kyle Rich, Dr Corliss Bean, Dante Losardo, Jayne Morrish, & Veronica Allan

    In the afternoon, Dr. Kyle Rich led another noteworthy workshop with his co-presenters Dr. Corliss Bean, Dante Losardo, Jayne Morrish, and Veronica Allan. We discussed not only the importance of knowledge translation (KT), but also how to evaluate your impact. 

    What were our key takeaways?   

    🔑 Use plain language when communicating 

    🔑Think of your knowledge users when selecting knowledge translation strategies  

    🔑Don’t forget KT evaluation! We need to assess if our KT efforts are having the impact we intended 


    Dr. Brad Millington

    To run us across the finish line on day 3, our CSC member Dr. Brad Millington presented a frame analysis of a high-profile debate over the future of public golf courses in Vancouver, British Columbia. Thank you to Dr. Millington for this discussion that provides important contributions to the literature on sport media, sport facilities management and policy, and the politics of urban space.  


    Bobby Dhaliwal

    And to wrap up the presentations from the Brock University Team, Bobby Dhaliwal led us through his presentation on utilitarian and hedonic factors that influence professional sport team app use. This important research can help professional sport teams to improve user interfaces to maximize engagement 



    The week at NASSM was a time for new knowledge and reflection provided by an array of thought leaders in the sport sector. Our CSC Brock University Team showed up and delivered exceptional knowledge mobilization to all attendees. The takeaway from the CSC team is that there are amazing steps being taken in the sport sector to be more inclusive, innovative, and reflexive. We need to work collaboratively by giving participants a seat at the table to voice their needs, advocate and work towards policy change, and implement evaluation strategies to assess our impact! Let’s keep the momentum going from NASSM and implement these lessons into our Niagara community.  

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  • Launching their Website: An Exciting Step for the CSC

    On Thursday, August 6th, the Centre for Sport Capacity (CSC) launched their brand new website, unveiling it to their members, staff and faculty at Brock, and the general public for the first time.

    By all accounts the launch was a success. After months of hard work, the CSC was able to see their vision come to life, and they were incredibly happy to share it with the world.

    “I believe that the website both highlights and contributes to our commitment as a Centre to research & knowledge mobilization, student experiential learning, and practical support to community and industry organizations,” said Centre Director Dr. Julie Stevens regarding the site.

    “I’m extremely excited to see the website launch! It’s been a long wait and a lot of work to get the full site built out,” said Centre Coordinator Cole McClean. “Everyone involved, including our dedicated members and students, did a fantastic job.”

    The CSC sees the website as a key element to their success and continued growth in the long-term.

    “We needed more of a presence online…We can do so much more in terms of building awareness for the CSC in the community, and this website will let us do that,” said McClean. “If we want to grow and be successful long-term, we have to be able to promote what we are doing to a wider audience. Increasing our online presence was a necessity in order to do that.”

    They expect to be able to grow very soon and they plan to do so at a rapid rate. Something Dr. Stevens notes is that the website is designed with this in mind.

    “Due to the nature of the work that we do, the site will not be a museum,” said Dr. Stevens. “It’s designed in a way to accommodate our continued growth, as we will be able to build out the site with content on a regular basis to highlight new members, new projects, new events, and more. With that said, be sure to check back often for updates.”

    Last and most importantly, Dr. Stevens and McClean both wanted to thank everyone involved in making the CSC the success that it is today, and who will help it to continue to grow going forward.

    “I wish to thank a small but mighty team who worked hard to bring this project to fruition – it has required over a year of time and energy,” said Dr. Stevens. “Thank you to Cole for leading this project and working with members, students and staff to coordinate all the parts needed to get this done. Thank you to Sean Maddeaux and T.J. Paul, SPMA 3P02 placement students for the help they provided with early planning, and to Noah Nickel, our CSC Communication and Marketing Assistant for running with the project and getting the content and logistics finalized. I am also grateful to Dean Tiidus for his financial support, and thank you to Colleen for her encouragement to promote the CSC and our members.” 

    “We’re not a centre without our members, and we really want to highlight all of the interesting research and projects that they are working on,” said McClean. “And I cannot forget all of the amazing students that have done placements or volunteered with us.”

    McClean also wanted to thank Dr. Peter Tiidus, Dr. Nota Klentrou, Colleen Patterson, and the entire team at Marketing and Communications for their support along the way.

    For those who have not yet seen the new website for themselves, please explore the site by clicking here.

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