The aim of this research is to significantly improve the understanding of determinants of participation in sport and physical activity. This will enable the better design of interventions that will encourage people into lifelong involvement in sport and physical activity in order to derive the benefits that this brings to them as individuals, to the communities they live in and to society as a whole.
The outcomes from the research will contribute towards evidence-based decision-making to influence national policy on sport and physical activity. It will inform the ways in which we can encourage the ‘cultural shifts’ which the government is seeking and lead to better, more effective investment in projects designed to increase and widen participation.
A total of 21 focus groups were carried out across England amongst older people who have recently retired. A recruitment screening questionnaire was initially administered to recruit respondents to be invited to take part in the focus groups. Respondents had to have retired between 6 months to 2 years ago. We also included a small proportion (maximum of 3 per group) of individuals who had part time employment (semi-retired). This was defined as working up to 3 days a week in a different job to that held at time/ age of retirement.
Editor's comments - [ Sport England appointed Arkenford Ltd. to carry out research to examine the underlying factors that determine recently retired older people’s attitudes and propensity to take part in sport and physical activity.
The research was designed to address the need to conduct qualitative research that will assist in the testing and development of the participation model developed by the University of Oxford, that has to date been largely based on quantitative evidence. The work also improves Sport England understanding of ‘what works’ in promoting participation. In short, this qualitative evidence is aimed at helping to inform and shape future interventions that aim to increase participation in sport and widen access. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Arkenford. Act 2. (2006). Understanding participation in sport: What determines sports participation among recently retired people? London: Sport England
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