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Young people and sport in England, 1994.: The views of teachers and children

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Who better to ask about what sport means for young people in the 1990s than young people themselves and the PE teachers who have much of the responsibility for providing them with their early sporting experiences?

This report provides a detailed commentary on the outcome of wide ranging discussions held on a one to one basis with teachers and children drawn from many different parts of the country and from a range of backgrounds. The outcome complements and breathes life into the statistics provided by the Council's National Survey of Young People and Sport reported separately in a companion volume.

What shines through very clearly in this report is the dedication, enthusiasm and sensitivity to young people's sporting needs shown by teachers across the length and breadth of the country - tempered at times by their concern over the increasing demands on their time and the limited resources available to them to deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum and to extend extra-curricular opportunities.

Perhaps what is most refreshing, however, is the forthright and well articulated views of the children we spoke to. Love it or hate it, sport is for all of them an important part of growing up and something on which they all have opinions and in many cases very strong opinions.

Those of us in the adult world of sports administration and development must listen carefully to what these children have to say. In particular, we must listen to those children who tell us that they don't enjoy sport and to the reasons why this is the case.

Only by being aware of and understanding their reasons can we respond in sensitive and imaginative ways to try and ensure that children's early experience of sport is a positive and enjoyable one that will stay with them into their adult years.

This report presents the findings of a qualitative study to explore the factors which affect children's participation in sport and physical activity. The research involved in-depth interviews with 20 PE teachers and 40 children aged 6-15.



 editors comments   

Editor's comments - [  The survey was part of a programme of research carried out by Social Survey Division of OPCS on behalf of the Sports Council.

A qualitative study it was to complement the results from a national survey, involving a representative sample of over 4,000 schoolchildren in school years 2-11 (ages 6-16), in state and independent schools. The central aim of the larger-scale survey was to establish the first-ever national baseline statistics on children's involvement in sport.

It provides some limited measures of children's views about sport and leisure. The qualitative study gives an opportunity to explore children's views in more detail, and so improve our understanding of the personal and social influences which affect their involvement.

One of the main aims of the research programme was to investigate the 'school effect' on participation, and the in-depth interviews with PE teachers throw important light on this.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (2013). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Cryer (2013)


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Reference :   Mason, V. (1995). Young people and sport in England, 1994.: The views of teachers and children. London: Sports Council


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