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What young people say about physical activity: the children’s sport participation and physical activity study (CSPPA)

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Show simple item record Tannehill, Deborah MacPhail, Ann Walsh, Julia Woods, Catherine B. 2014-11-05T12:44:41Z 2014-11-05T12:44:41Z 2013
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract 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 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sport Education and Society;April
dc.rights "This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Sport Education and Society 2013 © copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: en_US
dc.subject physical education en_US
dc.subject physical activity en_US
dc.subject sport en_US
dc.subject children and young people's voices en_US
dc.subject barriers to physical activity en_US
dc.title What young people say about physical activity: the children’s sport participation and physical activity study (CSPPA) en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/13573322.2013.784863
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1567963

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