With the passing of Mike Collins in July this year the field of sport and leisure studies has lost one of its founding members and one of its most prolific contributors.
Mike Collins was a Senior Lecturer in Recreation Management at Loughborough University for over ten years before 'retiring' to part-time work in Sports Development and Faith Communities at the University of Gloucestershire where he became Professor of Sports Development. Prior to his academic career, he was Head of Research Strategy and Planning at the (UK) Sports Council from its founding, and active in the Council of Europe and what is now the Countryside Recreation Network.
You can read an obituary written for the journal European Sport Management Quarterly by Ian Henry and Barrie Houlihan and access some of his articles and book chapters published by Taylor and Francis here:
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