THE EFFECT OF GOVERNMENT INITITIVES ON PARTICIPATION LEVELS IN SCHOOL SPORT
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The purpose of this study was to explore the effects that government initiatives are having on improving participation levels in sport and physical activity within school children in Wales. Semi structured interviews were used to gain information from two teachers, one primary teacher and one secondary teacher, open questions were designed to gain relevant information from each of the subjects. The results from the interviews were then coded and analysed. Different issues raised by each participant and their views on the effects that initiatives were having on school pupils were considered and the differing teacher perceptions were then analysed. The information derived from the interviews showed that both participants believed that government initiatives were increasing participation levels and that they would continue to do so, many points raised by the participants related back to previous research discussed in the literature review which were then discussed. There were some issues that each participant thought should be addressed in the future so that government initiatives could work more efficiently. The overall outcome was that government initiatives are effective in raising participation levels. Conclusions showed that the number of school pupils participating in sport had dramatically increased over the last 5-6 years. This study has helped prove that government initiatives are having the desired outcome that they intend to have and that the money being invested in to them is worthwhile.
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