In a mixed-methods design, the current study aimed to evaluate the acceptability of a junior Australian rules football program across two 'AllPlay Pre-Learn' days for children aged 5-11 years with disabilities, based on parent and child responses. Three online surveys were created by health professionals based on existing participation models. Surveys were completed by parents immediately before (n = 23), after the 'Pre-Learn' days (n = 15) and following the conclusion of the community version of the program (n = 13). Quantitative findings indicated significant improvements in child ratings around enjoyment of the sport. Qualitative analyses generated three themes around enjoyment in a low-stress environment; the education provided around the sport for parents/children; and, contemplation about playing the football program within their community. Four families (22% of the original attendees) went on to play the sport within a community setting. Despite acknowledged limitations, this study demonstrates preliminary evidence in support of an 'AllPlay Pre-Learn' day as a stepping stone to facilitate later participation in a football program within a child's community. Increased participation would allow children to experience the benefits associated with sport participation, such as motor and social skill development.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Dec 2019|
- organised physical activity
- sports participation