Young People in Sport: Final Report 2017-2020

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Flinders University’s Sport, Health, Activity, Performance and Exercise (SHAPE) Research Centre are pleased to submit the following report related to young people’s sport participation in South Australia to the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR).

The Young People in Sport Project is the first study of its kind in South Australia to focus on organised sporting pathways for girls and young female adults. The project comprises one of the most comprehensive data collections in South Australian sport which involves 2273 surveys with young people in Years 8, 10 and 12, as well as focus groups and interviews with an additional 37 teachers, parents and adolescents. The project spanned 2017-2020.

As director of SHAPE, I would like to thank ORSR and Flinders University for funding this important research investigation. The findings in this report will positively impact the sporting sector, and support efforts to improve participation and retention in South Australia.

I would like to acknowledge each of the chief investigators and research assistants for their tireless work over the last two and a half years. Recruiting young people from schools situated in low, medium and high socioeconomic areas in South Australia is a difficult task. However, our sample size and quality results are a testament to their hard work and commitment to enhancing sport participation and retention for young people in South Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSouth Australia
PublisherFlinders University
Commissioning bodyOffice for Recreation, Sport and Racing
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Young people
  • Sport
  • Exercise
  • Organised sport


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