Lived experiences of physical activity in outdoor environments [final report to Sport Wales]

Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn, Curry, Nigel, Leledaki, Aspasia and Clark, Michael (2011) Lived experiences of physical activity in outdoor environments [final report to Sport Wales]. Project Report. Sport Wales/Chwaraeon Cymru, Cardiff.

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The aim of the research project as a whole, as commissioned by Sport Wales, was to examine whether and in what ways the Mentro Allan Programme was successful in increasing and sustaining increased physical activity levels amongst target groups of relatively inactive people in Wales.

The research brief provided an exciting opportunity to undertake a relatively novel approach to this kind of evaluative research, for at the core of the research was the opportunity to capture the experiences and ‘voices’ of individuals and social groups from different backgrounds, to chart their perceptions and perspectives in order to facilitate understanding of what they themselves considered was likely to stimulate engagement with physical activity and to encourage sustained participation. Rather than imposing Sport Wales’ or the Research Team’s conceptual framework upon participants, therefore, we wanted to hear from the participants themselves and to undertake the qualitative element of the research as inductively as possible.

A quantitative dimension was also incorporated into the research design in terms of analysing quantitative data collected by the MA Central Support Team via their Physical Activity Level (PAL) forms and attendance records for each project throughout the duration of the MA Programme.

Mentro Allan targeted specific demographic groups (‘target groups’), which are considered to be generally less active than the wider population in Wales. Fifteen Projects initially were granted funding for four years to increase the physical activity levels of their target group(s), making use of the local outdoor environment. Subsequently one of these Projects terminated, leaving 14 Projects in total, all of which were researched by the Research Team, including via extended fieldwork with six Projects.

Keywords:Physical activity, outdoor exercise, Increasing physical activity, Exercise referral, Lived Experiences
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:6291
Deposited On:27 Sep 2012 15:47

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