Btec Pe - Barriers to Participation

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L.0.2 - Barriers to participation

Introduction.

In sport we have to take in a range of different performers, who come from various different backgrounds cultures and beliefs, each of these has its own demands and regulations for participation in sport and so it is the job of different organisations and sporting parties to overcome this, finding ways to include and allow everyone to participate in sport.

The sports Development / Performance pyramid is an explanation of how participation and ability can be measured in sport. It helps to highlight the route a performer can take to become an elite performer. It includes four different sections;

-The Foundation stage
At this stage sport practisers are classed as novices, where the
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Taking part in sport and exercise by age;

Base: All (2,077), 16-24 (179), 25-34 (257), 35-44 (394), 45-59 (541), 60-74 (454), 75+ (252)
Again the above picture outlines the decrease in participation partnering with an increase in age.
Reasons for exercising
The oldest group were much less likely than younger people to be exercising to keep fit, relieve stress/relax, keep in shape or lose weight but instead more likely to be taking part for enjoyment and social aspects or because it helps with an injury/disability
Reasons for not exercising
People in different age groups have quite distinct reasons for not exercising. This is illustrated in the picture below. Health is a barrier that increases steadily with age and is by far the main issue affecting the older generation.
Reasons for not exercising (% of respondents)

Views on exercising more often
When asked if exercising more regularly was something they wished to achieve the study found that; the oldest age groups were more likely to indicate that they did not want to exercise more: 58% of 60-74 year olds and 72% of those aged 75 or over did not want to exercise more.

Economical reasons.
Being an ‘OAP’ comes with many different discounted opportunities especially within the sporting environment, the older

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