Title: Youth sports clubs’ potential as health promoting setting. Profiles, motives and barriers
Authors: Meganck, Jeroen ×
Scheerder, Jeroen
Thibaut, Erik
Seghers, Jan #
Issue Date: 17-Aug-2015
Publisher: Sage Publications
Series Title: Health Education Journal vol:74 issue:5 pages:531-543
Abstract: Setting and Objective: For decades, the World Health Organisation has promoted settings-based health promotion, but its application in leisure settings is minimal. Focusing on organised sports as an important leisure activity, the present study had three goals: exploring the health promotion profile of youth sports clubs, identifying objective club characteristics (e.g. size, type of sport), predicting the presence/absence of health promotion in youth sports clubs and identifying perceived motives and barriers to health promotion in youth sports clubs, thereby improving the basis for policy guidelines.

Method: Respondents were representatives from the board of 154 youth sports clubs. Data were collected through an online survey, including the health-promoting sports club index (HPSC-I). Linear regression and analysis of variance were used to identify predictors and differences.

Results: Even though the motives were strongly supported, a majority of youth sports clubs were rated as low health promoting on the HPSC-I (59%). Overall, linear regression indicated that clubs founded more recently, offering multiple types of sports and offering both recreation and competition scored higher on the health promotion indices. Health promotion not being a priority of the board and lack of expertise were identified as the most important barriers.

Conclusion: Progress is needed before youth sports clubs can truly be considered health-promoting settings. Policy suggestions are made to address the barriers, for example, financial incentives to maximise efforts and establishing collaborations between sports clubs and health promotion experts.
ISSN: 0017-8969
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group
Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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