Does unemployment affect participation in sport and physical activity
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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It has been suggested that physical activity and sport can be used as a tool to overcome some of the problems that are associated with unemployment. Unemployment is a growing problem within the UK. Numerous physical and mental problems can result from individuals losing their employment. This study aimed to establish the problems associated with unemployment and show whether or not sport and physical activity can reduce or even combat these problems. Questionnaires were designed to obtain information to aid in the study. Questions concerning both unemployed and employed individuals participation rates in physical activity and sport. Also the respondents were questioned about their attitudes towards sport and physical activities. For those that were unemployed, their awareness of the provision made to assist in their participation in sport and physical activity needed to be made apparent. The questionnaires were administered by the researcher to a total of sixty-three respondents both employed and unemployed aged sixteen to fifty five. The main conclusions drawn from the study were that unemployed people participate less than those in employment and that sport and physical activity can in fact help reduce the problems that occur due to unemployment however it is not being used enough as a tool. The provision for the unemployed population is not clear enough as not enough unemployed people are aware of the schemes run by local leisure centres and more importantly the need for participation in sport and physical activity.
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