PEPAYS Ireland is delighted to report that it is part of a research consortium that have been successful in securing the follow up evaluation of Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity (CSPPA). The project is to be led by Professor Catherine Woods (UL) and involve colleagues from UL, DCU and UCC. This multi-centre study will bring expertise from the respective fields of epidemiology, physical education, sport and coaching studies, physical activity for health and statistics. Its purpose is to provide research that will i) comprehensively assess the participation levels of Irish children in sport, physical education and physical activity, ii) determine the factors that enhance or inhibit this involvement, and iii) demonstrate the health benefits of participation in regular health-enhancing physical activity for Irish children and youth.
This follow-up study to the 2010 CSPPA study in Ireland will help to provide quality surveillance data on the current physical activity levels of Irish children and youth. This data, aligned to the original CSPPA study, will allow the establishment of trends over time and provide guidance on intervention design to ensure that every child in Ireland is given the chance to be physically active. Ultimately, it will become a corner stone for judgements in relation to future funding in the area of children and physical activity.
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