An evaluation of the new opportunities fund, out of school hours learning sports programme
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The focus of this study is an evaluation of the New Opportunities Fund, Out of School Hours Learning Sports Programme. The evaluative process involvelf determining if the scheme was meeting the target set out by the Local Authority Government and the New Opportunities fund Additionally determining if it's effective, in meeting the need and wants of the local community and children involved. ln view of these targets a two phased approach was implemented to create more depth and detail in regards to the results and discussion. The first part of the evaluation was done by completing questionnaires with children to identifi their enjoyment in the scheme. The research was governed by identified influences to sport found during the literature, it was also idenlified that there were many contributing factors ,so focus had to be drawn in onto key issues 'Such as activity choice, club/community involvement, motivations, and parental influences. ln overall view of these it has been acknowledged that the scheme was successful in raising participalion and increasing awareness of sport. Additional it was identified there was a lack of communi$ involvement and links to clubs, which are both important aspects in the sustainability of the scheme, The second phase included focus groups with key partners this process allowed findings of the questionnaire to evolve with further back ground information ideas, views and supporting evidence Through the focus group it was recognised that parent's have a major influence on there children's involvement in sport, the group identified it was about a cultural change. ln view to this point it was acknowledged that increase parents involvement could have the positive affects needed Over all the evalualion was very productive in identiffing appositives and negative of the initiative, it was able to produce resolutions to these problems as group discussion could occur.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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