The effectiveness of the 5x60 initiative on increasing extra-curricular physical activity at secondary school level
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This paper critically evaluates the Sports Council for Wales (SCW) pilot 5x60 schemes on its effectiveness in increasing levels and frequency of participation in extra-curricular physical activity at secondary school level, looking at two case studies from the Rhondda Cynon Taff constituency. The data reveal that the 5x60 moves away from a traditional team games orientated programme, looking to incorporate new alternative recreational activities alongside partner sports and individualized games. The study also confirmed previous findings that children’s reported levels and forms of participation in different extra-curricular physical activities varied significantly and differentially according to the schools they attended and their gender. A more precise and critical understanding has been formulated on the importance of the roles that 5x60 officers play in sustaining and contributing to the increasing levels of extra-curricular physical activity at secondary school level. The ethos of the 5X60 is for pupils to have fun while taking part. This is was a common occurrence from the research carried out on the 5x60 and with this happening pupils are more likely to continue to participate in activity throughout their lives. Key Words: Extra-curricular physical activity, 5x60, effectiveness, frequency, alternative.
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