Cost of sport prohibitive for disadvantaged young people
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
star job
Xercise4Less
Competitive
Rugby, UK
star job
Leigh Sports Village
£16,777
Leigh Sports Village
CV Life
Competitive salary based on experience
Xcel Leisure Centre, Coventry, UK
Everyone Active
Unlimited earning potential
Camberwell Leisure Centre, London, UK
star job
Coach Gyms
£15k basic + commission + Bonus
Leeds, UK

Cost of sport prohibitive for disadvantaged young people

Job opportunities
Fresh Fitness
£25,000 to £30,000pa (dependant on experience)
location: Skegness, Lincolnshire, UK
training opportunity
Les Mills
location: Nationwide, United Kingdom
CV Life
Competitive salary based on experience
location: Xcel Leisure Centre, Coventry, UK, United Kingdom
more jobs

Young people living in poverty are being priced out of sport participation, with the cost of leisure centres and sports facilities “too high”, according to a recent report by the London School of Economics (LSE).

The research, prepared by LSE Housing and Communities Research Team in association with charity StreetGames, interviewed 135 people in five of the most deprived areas of the country - East Ham, Newham; Burngreave, Sheffield; Lache, Chester; St Pauls, Bristol; Gurnos, Merthyr Tydfil - about how their living conditions affected their sporting participation.

According to the study, young people above the school age (18+) in poor parts of the country cannot afford to use the facilities due to “poor work opportunities” and “extremely low incomes”.

Using gyms and playing team sports were also highlighted as areas of interest by the study’s participants, but fees for memberships and kits were the biggest barrier for involvement.

More than 60 of the participants were people between the ages of 14-25, while parents, teachers, youth leaders, local councillors and leisure organisers made up the rest of the sample.

A further barrier to participation highlighted by the report was the lack of supervision in parks, open spaces and streets, with parents fearful of letting their children use the spaces. Despite offering sport and activities for free, youth clubs also made parents nervous to the prospect of their children being exposed to “bad examples and negative influences”.

The need for more informal sports, which involve participants of lower ability more effectively, was also flagged, while the period immediately after leaving school was highlighted as a “cliff edge” for sport participation. The research suggested adolescents tend to prefer drinking, smoking and taking drugs together in these areas.

LSE’s report, which aims to “shape government policy”, detailed some recommendations to increase participation in deprived areas, including the organisation of informal activities and the close supervision of parks, streets and clubs.

Specific activities for girls and less rigid team sports for boys were recommended, as well as the need to invest in “solo” sports - jogging, cycling, swimming, skateboarding and walking.

Government-backed area-based programmes to improve overall areas - including jobs, crime, education, housing, environment, social and community conditions - should be “urgently reinstated”.

Finally, schools should “open up their facilities more widely” after hours to deliver more comprehensive sporting activities.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Young people living in poverty are being priced out of sport participation, with the cost of leisure centres and sports facilities “too high”, according to a recent report by the London School of Economics (LSE).
SAR,PLY,HAF,PUB,LCT
408436_154449.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 42,962
19 Oct 2020
Customer experience software provider, AskNicely, has announced it will host a new virtual event called the Global Frontline Experience Summit. AskNicely believes that a memorable ... More
19 Oct 2020
In breaking news, HCM understands the UK government has removed gyms and fitness facilities from the baseline measures for future tier 3 closures. This means ... More
19 Oct 2020
Globally, gyms have, on average, seen nearly 70 per cent of their pre-lockdown members return to their facilities since re-opening their doors. The global figure ... More
16 Oct 2020
A UK government U-turn – just announced – will see gyms and leisure centres staying open in Lancashire as the county goes into tier 3 lockdown. ... More
15 Oct 2020
"Dozens" of gyms in Liverpool, UK, have defied the government and stayed open for business – despite being ordered to shut their doors – with ... More
14 Oct 2020
The UK government is likely to face legal challenges from gym operators following the revelation that new laws drafted to enforce the three-tier COVID-19 alert ... More
STA
STA
14 Oct 2020
Gym and health club operators with sites in Liverpool, UK, have been left "astounded" at the government's "retrograde step" in ordering gyms to close in ... More
13 Oct 2020
Technogym's Let’s Move For a Better World campaign is back this year, with a new format developed for gyms and health clubs operating against the ... More
13 Oct 2020
The UK government should encourage people to spend more time in regulated environments to curb the second wave of the pandemic, rather than shutting them ... More
12 Oct 2020
Fitness leaders in the UK have welcomed news that everywhere but Liverpool is currently allowed to remain open under the government's new three-tier COVID-19 control ... More
09 Oct 2020
A new fitness industry event is looking to challenge the likes of FIBO with a trade show targeting the European fitness market at the end ... More
08 Oct 2020
Boutique operator Digme is joining the hybrid fitness revolution by launching an at-home proposition. Digme, which operates seven studios in London and one in Oxford, ... More
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
08 Oct 2020
Dr Steve Mann, former research director at industry body, ukactive, has been appointed director at sports and physical activity consultancy 4global. Mann has been tasked ... More
07 Oct 2020
Belgian football team Club Brugge has appointed architects B2Ai and SCAU to develop designs for a new €100m stadium. The new stadium, to be located ... More
07 Oct 2020
A major new consultation will seek to explore how the physical activity sector can better support people over the age of 55 – and those ... More
Hussle HQ
Hussle HQ
1 - 15 of 42,962
fibodo Limited
fibodo Limited