Ruth Jeanes, Director of Initial Teacher Education, Monash University &
Dawn Penney, Professorial Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University
Understanding and supporting informal sport participation: Initial findings from research in Victoria and Western Australia
This presentation will share initial findings from the ARC Linkage Research Project 'Informal Sport as a health and social resource for diverse young people', funded by the Australian Research Council in partnership with Vic Health, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (WA), the Centre for Multicultural Youth, and Cricket Victoria. Drawing on data from policy analysis and stakeholder interviews, the presentation will firstly, explore the various forms of participation associated with 'informal sport'. Examples will illustrate different ways in which 'organisation' and 'competition' are evident in participation that is occurring outside of, or at the margins of, formal sport structures, and will explain the types of experience that participants seek and value. The second part of the presentation will focus on how local government authorities, working with other stakeholders, can support sustained informal participation in their communities. Attention will be directed to issues identified from the research to date, pertaining to local government policy, planning and service delivery. In closing, the next phases of the research project will be outlined.
Ruth Jeanes is an associate professor within the Faculty of Education, and Director of Initial Teacher Education at Monash University. Ruth's research interests focus on the use of sport and active recreation as a community development resource, particularly to address social exclusion among acutely marginalised groups. Ruth is the lead investigator for the 'Informal Sport as a health and social research for diverse young people' research project that this presentation focuses on.
Dawn Penney is a research professor in the School of Education at Edith Cowan University. Dawn's research spans the education and sport sectors, with a focus on Dawn Penney in policy and practice and issues of equity. Dawn is the WA lead investigator for the informal sport research project.