What young people say about physical activity: the children's sport and physical activity study

Tannehill, Deborah, McPhail, Ann, Walsh, Julia and Woods, Catherine 2015, What young people say about physical activity: the children's sport and physical activity study, Sport education and society, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 442-462, doi: 10.1080/13573322.2013.784863.

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Title What young people say about physical activity: the children's sport and physical activity study
Author(s) Tannehill, Deborah
McPhail, Ann
Walsh, Julia
Woods, Catherine
Journal name Sport education and society
Volume number 20
Issue number 4
Start page 442
End page 462
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1357-3322
Keyword(s) Physical Education
Physical activity
Children and young people's voices
Barriers to physical activity
Summary The Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA) study is a unique multi-centre/ discipline study undertaken by three Irish institutions, Dublin City University, University of Limerick and University College Cork. The study sought to assess participation in physical activity, physical education and sport (PAPES) among 10-18 year olds in Ireland. This paper shares what Irish children and young people convey, using their own voices, about their sport and physical activity (PA) experiences and how such experiences may result in their feeling included or excluded in PAPES. Eighteen focus groups (FG) with 124 boys and girls elicited descriptive data from students and were conducted with homogeneous groups of 6-8 boys and girls aged 12-18 years (selected for convenience) identified as male/female, primary/post-primary and generally active/ inactive. Five themes (‘being with friends’, ‘variety in activity content’, ‘experiencing fun’, ‘time constraints’ and ‘opportunity to be outside’) ran across the three PAPES opportunities for young people. Overall data revealed that these young people have a positive attitude towards PA which does not diminish as they age despite activity levels decreasing. Other choices of activity participation (e.g. debate, music), or more focused activities took the place of previous choices as young people came to realise what they most enjoyed. If we are to encourage and provide opportunities for young people to choose active lifestyles, it is important that we address what these young people report affects their involvement in PA across a number of contexts. Two such developments within Irish school and community contexts are discussed: Active School Flag initiative and Senior Cycle Physical Education framework.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13573322.2013.784863
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
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