Sport England’s Active People survey shows the percentage of the adult population participating in at least 30 minutes of sport, at least moderate intensity at least 3 times a week The National Office of Statistics produced the household survey in 2002. It has details on the number of people taking part in sport in the last 4 weeks. You will need evidence from both of these to support claims in your leaflet. • Women have lower participation rates than men – You will need to back this up with facts. • Can you name sports where women’s participation is experiencing a meteoric rise – Can you find figures to back this up? • Can you name sports where women’s participation is greater than that of their male counterparts? • Why? – In your merit explanation, you will need to touch on some or all of the following, giving examples: – The UK is a male dominated society – Sport is dominated by men – There are many more male role models in all but a handful of sports • Can you name them? – Women have historically been stereotyped by men into domestic or child care roles. – Media coverage is biased heavily towards males – There has been a culture shift since the mid 1990’s, with more acceptance of women’s sport. This has allowed women’s sport to flourish. – There are now a lot more female journalists and presenters than in the past. • This term refers to groups with a common genealogy, united by cultural, linguistic or religious traits. It has lots of effects on sports participation – White ethnic groups have high participation – People of Pakistani origin have low participation rates • You will need to find statistics to back these up – Some ethnic groups are better represented in some sports than others • Use an example or two here. Again think about players of Indian and Pakistani origin, as well as sportspeople of AfroCarribean heritage. – It may also influence other people’s attitudes towards us. • Why – Merit • You will need to look at the statements you have put in your leaflet and explain why this is the case. For example: – Why is Pakistani participation in sport lower than white participation in sport? – Why does participation in some sports vary from one ethnic group to the next? • In 2006, new legislation made it illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of their age. This has had a positive effect on older people wishing to work in the sports industry. • In terms of sports participation – Young people tend to choose more contact sports – Older people who are still active prefer more individual sports – Participation rates are greatest in 16-34 age category and drop markedly post 55. • Find statistics to back up all of these. • For the Merit, try to answer both of the following questions: – Why do young people tend to choose more contact sports. – Why does participation drop off markedly after the age of 55 • Socio-economic classification puts people in groups based on their occupation, and therefore income. • It tends to split into 6 or 7 groups. These groups were first designed and used in the mid 20th Century. They are a little crude, but still give a good indication of the effects of socio-economic class on participation. • It is no surprise that the more affluent social groups show a higher level of participation than all others. • Can you find data to back up this assertion? • To get the Merit, there are a number of areas that you could discuss. – Essentially why is that the higher the income the higher the participation? • They can afford it? • They have the time? – Unemployed have time, but low participation • Are they more educated and therefore know the benefits of participation? • They are more motivated? • They had a better education, therefore exposing them to more sports, so they have the skills to participate?