Providing sporting experiences for children in Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) environments : sport and physical activity participation and intentions

Spittle, Michael, O'Meara, James, Garnham, Jennie and Kerr, Megan 2008, Providing sporting experiences for children in Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) environments : sport and physical activity participation and intentions, Journal of science and medicine in sport, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 316-322.

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Title Providing sporting experiences for children in Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) environments : sport and physical activity participation and intentions
Author(s) Spittle, Michael
O'Meara, James
Garnham, Jennie
Kerr, Megan
Journal name Journal of science and medicine in sport
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 316
End page 322
Publisher Elsevier Australia
Place of publication Chatswood N.S.W.
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 1440-2440
Keyword(s) physical activity
children
sports
out of school hours care
Summary The Out of School Hours Sports Program (OSHSP) aimed to provide structured sporting experiences and community links to local clubs for children in Out of School Hours Care (OSHC). The OSHSP involved 17 State Sporting Associations (SSAs), 71 OSHC Services and local club representatives. This study explored children's participation in sport in and outside the OSHSP and parental intention for participation in sport in and outside the OSHSP. Surveys were received from 211 children (76 girls and 125 boys; mean age = 7.9 years, S.D. = 1.7) and their parents/guardians (37.9% response rate). OSHC is characterised by freedom of choice of participation in activities by children. The OSHSP was used to provide an opportunity to choose to participate in a sport while attending OSHC. At the OSHC Services surveyed, between 7.1 and 100% of the children attending OSHC chose to participate in the OSHSP. Of those children who chose to participate, 85% were participating in a sport, usually a different sport to the one offered in the OSHSP. This participation was largely club-based (49.8%), most often once a week for training and competition (55.2%). Parental intentions for children's participation in the OSHSP sports varied with respect to the number of years attending the OSHSP, where children played and trained in their main sport, and how many times a week a child played and trained in their main sport. Older children tended to play and train for sport more times per week and had been attending the OSHC for more years than younger children.
Language eng
Field of Research 130210 - Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Sports Medicine Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021251

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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