The influence of early sporting experience on intended post-16 participation
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of the research was to determine whether or not early experiences of physical activity (PA) and sports, influence an individual's attitude towards participation in later life. It also set out to establish whether or not parents and teachers have an affect on children's attitudes towards PA and sports. Two pilot studies were conducted in a randomly selected school. Twenty pupils (10 males and 10 females) aged between 16 and 18 years were randomly selected from a nominal roll to complete a self-completion questionnaire. The same pupils completed the questionnaire two weeks later. After the pilot study, appropriate changes were made to the questionnaire. The improved questionnaire \vas administered by the researcher to 80 pupils aged 16 to 18 years to another randomly selected school (Llandovery College). The data were analysed and the results were presented in table form. Most results were as expected and complied with previous research conducted by other authors. Early experiences of sports were seen to impact upon the attitudes developed by youngsters towards PA and sport. Surprisingly however, parental participation did not seem to affect the participation patterns of the children. The research has shown how vitally important life long participation in sport and exercise is to the health of the individual. Children should be educated at a young age so that their chances of adopting healthy and active lifestyles are increased' A comparison of the facilitation of sport and PA between public schools and state schools would be a fascinatíng arca for further research.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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