USING NON-TRADITIONAL SPORTS TO INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study examines the current levels of participation in physical activity across schools in South Wales with particular reference to Key Stage two. Data was collected from five different Primary Schools regarding the provision of instruction, the current sports being provided, and the factors affecting participation. Similarities and differences within the data were analysed and then compared to previous findings from other sources. Authors such as Kirk (2005) and Capel (2003) have raised the issues of enjoyment and high quality instruction and emphasize their importance, especially when dealing with Primary School aged pupils. Most other research focuses on adolescent aged children where this study focuses on Primary School age. The emphasis was placed upon the type of activities provided and the possible effect that offering a broader choice (Wellard, 2011) of non-traditional sports may have on participation levels. In order to gain an overall perspective of the current situation, one to one interviews were conducted as this method allowed for easier comparison of data between schools but also for personal opinions and general discussion to take place (Patton, 2005). The main outcome of this research highlighted that confidence levels appear to be a significant factor in participation within this age group. Discussion focuses on the main reasons for this lack of confidence, such as the need for high quality physical education (HQPE) instruction for not only the children but also for the teachers. The teachers need an understanding of this subject area and need to be confident in the provision of physical activities (Capel and Blair, 2007). It would be useful to research this subject area over a longer period of time to assess if there is a need for a change within the sport curriculum offered in Primary Schools in South Wales.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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