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Examining trends in sport participation

Multi-variate analysis of the determinants of child participation in arts, sport, heritage, museums, and libraries

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This research presents the findings from an exploratory programme of statistical analysis on data from the Child Taking Part Survey. The research was undertaken on behalf of DCMS, Sport England, Arts Council England and English Heritage. 

The research explored factors associated with child participation in sport, arts, heritage, museums and libraries and suggested policy interventions in order to remove barriers to child participation.

The challenge

To evaluate what are the most important variables associated with child participation and how the latter is connected with their parents' experiences and decisions.

The method

A multivariable research framework was established using logistic regressions and CHAID analysis.

The impact

This research showed for the first time, using a quantitative analysis of the Taking Part Survey, a strong link between the sport participation habits of children and parents, but also a link with the habits of parents in their childhood. 

It showed additionally a strong integration between sport and cultural participation among children. It helped the government agencies to target barriers in sports and cultural participation. For the first time it was shown that the tendency of males to participate more in sport and females to participate more in arts is present in young children of preschool age.

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Publications

Child taking part survey: multivariate analysis of the determinants of child participation in arts, sport, heritage, museums and libraries, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 2015

Research team

Simon Shibli

Professor Simon Shibli

Professor of Sport Management

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Themistocles Kokolakakis

Dr Themis Kokolakakis

Reader

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Larissa Davies stood posing for a photo

Dr Larissa Davies

Reader in Sport Management

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