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Linking participants in school-based sport programs to community clubs

Eime, Rochelle and Payne, Warren (2009) Linking participants in school-based sport programs to community clubs. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12 (2). pp. 293-299. ISSN 1440-2440

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Abstract

A decline in youth (12–25 years) participation in sport and physical activity has been reported. School programs that are delivered within schools by external agencies are a key strategy to promote participation in sport and physical activity. It is important that there is a transfer for participants from school-based sport to community opportunities. This study explored the structural links between participation programs conducted in schools and participation in community-based sporting clubs. The study in Victoria, Australia, involved a survey of 49 State Sports Governing Organisations (SSGOs), focus group discussions with 15 representatives from eight of these bodies, in-depth analysis of one school-based sports program that involved the coordinator from the SSGO, three teachers, four parents and one teacher/parent from six participating schools. A majority of SSGOs (59.1%) reported delivering programs within school settings; however they acknowledged that this structure does not represent an efficient or effective way to develop community-level club sports participation and club membership. Facilitators and barriers for transferring participation in school-based sport programs to sustained participation and membership in community club sport are discussed. It is recommended that sports organisations tailor their school-based programs using recognised health promotion planning principles (including community engagement) rather than continuing their current ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. This will assist SSGOs and clubs to develop sustainable participation programs and increase club membership. It is recognised that such a change will have significant resource implications due to increased demands on time and human resources

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID19435, Community level sport, Program evaluation, Health promotion, Physical activity, Youth
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Other
FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
SEO Classification > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 08:41
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2011 08:41
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6804
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2007.11.003
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