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Improvement in sports participation for Bridgend County Borough

11 April 2016

A school sport survey undertaken by Sport Wales has shown that 47 percent of school children in Bridgend County Borough are ‘hooked on sport’, revealing a seven percent rise from the last survey undertaken in 2013.

The breakdown shows 53 percent of pupils in school years three to nine and 43 percent of pupils in years seven to eleven are ‘hooked on sport’, meaning that they participate in physical activity at least three times a week.

One school which has been using the school sport survey results to improve participation is Garth Primary. After analysing the results of the 2013 survey, the school developed an action plan of key priorities.

The 2015 School Sport Survey results showed a substantial improvement in all priorities for the school:  

  • 97 percent of pupils now feel comfortable taking part in physical activity and extra-curricular activities.
  • 100 percent of pupils enjoy PE lessons.
  • 90 percent now feel confident about trying out new activities.
  • 99 percent of pupils feel their views are listened to as a result of an active Sports Council being developed.

Lead PE teacher at Garth Primary, Caroline Harries, said: “During the same period that participation in physical activity improved, attendance figures also improved within the school.

“The data indicates that when pupils are fully engaged, feel listened to and actively participate in meaningful learning experiences, their attendance at school and their attainment accelerate simultaneously.”

Headteacher Julie Thomas added: “By using the school sport survey as a measure, we have been able to put strategies in place to ensure that our pupils see physical activity as an integral part of school life. It’s great that pupils are enjoying being active and are clearly benefitting from it.”

Sport Wales have also recently published results of their Active Adults survey, where Bridgend County Borough has shown a five percent increase over a two year period and now 41 percent are ‘hooked on sport’ and participating in physical activity at least three times a week. According to the most recent results, 27.5 percent of people within the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University health board region are members of a sports club and eight percent have volunteered in sport in the last year.

Bridgend County Borough Council’s Leader, Councillor Mel Nott OBE, said: “We know that taking part regularly in sport and physical activity helps combat issues such as obesity and promotes overall physical and mental wellbeing.

“We always strive to provide resources and information to residents on the importance of being healthy and active, and research shows that 61 percent of children in primary schools participate in extracurricular sport at least once a week.

“Our Sport, Play and Active Wellbeing service are continuously working with partners to increase the numbers of those ‘hooked on sport’ within our county borough and hopefully these figures will continue to rise.”

For more information on keeping active and things to do, please contact the council’s  Sport, Play and Active Wellbeing service on 01656 815215.


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