Comparison of Sports Training and Services Provided By Local Governments in Istanbul and Bursa Provinces

Sports Training and Services


  • Erdal Bal


The aim of the study was to examine the differences between the sports training and services provided by local governments in Istanbul, a metropolitan city, and the city of Bursa. The sample of the study was chosen randomly among the residents of both provinces. There were a total of 519 participants, 288 (55.5%) selected in Istanbul and 231 (44.5%) selected from Bursa.  The research used a questionnaire consisting of two parts. The first part consists of 10 single-item demographic questions developed by the researcher (age, gender, marital status, chronic illness, education, occupation, economic status, participation in activities, weekly sports time, and city of residence). In the research, the "Opinion of Public about Sports Services of Local Authorities" scale developed by Tekin (2013) for his thesis on Keçiören Municipality in Ankara province was used. The scale consists of 4 sub-dimensions. These sub-dimensions are: Sports Services (items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Sports Management (items 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), Sports Facility Operation (items 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18) and Sports Facility Usage (items 19, 20, 21, 22, 23). The SPSS (25.0) program was used for the analysis of the data. Frequency and percentage values ​​were used in descriptive statistics. The Mann-Whitney U test was used to compare two independent groups for data that did not show normal distribution. A statistically significant difference was found between the scores for sports management, sports facility operation and sports facility usage provided by local governments in the cities of Bursa and Istanbul (p <0.05). Participants in Istanbul were found to have higher scores in sports management, sports facility operation and sports facility usage compared to participants from Bursa, and the difference was found to be significant (p<0.05).