Linking participants in school-based sport programs to community clubs

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Eime, Rochelle ORCID: 0000-0002-8614-2813 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


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

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2007.11.003
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Subjects Current > Division/Research > Other
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Keywords ResPubID19435, Community level sport, Program evaluation, Health promotion, Physical activity, Youth
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