The extent to which participation in PE and school sport effects participation in physical activity during adulthood
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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In recent times young people have been placed at the front of UK sport policy. The current target, set by Gordon Brown in 2007, is for all children to have the opportunity to participate in at least five hours of good quality sport and physical activity every week. In order to achieve this target the PE and School Sport for Young People (PESSYP) strategy was established in 2002. The main aim of the strategy is to increase young people’s participation levels, by improving the quality of PE and increasing the opportunities for young people to participate in sport and physical activity, in and out of school. There is a shared belief that positive experiences in PE and sport during childhood results in continued involvement in sport and physical activity throughout life. The aim of this study was to establish the extent to which this statement is true. Responses to questions regarding physical education experiences and current physical activity behaviours were gathered from students from the Cardiff School of Sport and the School of Education, via questionnaires and a focus group. It has been concluded that positive experiences in PE and School Sport do, in most cases effect whether individuals adopt a physically active lifestyle. The effect of nature and nurture however, must be recognised as influencing individual differences. A positive experience has been found to not be the only contributory factor that affects the adoption of a physically active lifestyle, as this lifestyle choice of an adult is also effected by the influence of role models, teachers and parents when they were young.
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