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Trampoline Parks and Laser Tag are being Chosen Over Sport by UK Teens

 
Trampoline Parks and Laser Tag are being Chosen Over Sport by UK Teens
Trampoline Parks and Laser Tag are being Chosen Over Sport by UK Teens
A recent study at Swansea University led by Michaela James, a research assistant in childhood physical activity, and Sinead Brophy, a professor in public health data science, has revealed that many UK teenagers are choosing fun, social activities over traditional competitive sports. It was published by The Conversation, a media outlet that uses content from academics and researchers to inform its readers.

The aim of the report was to investigate how to get teenagers to be more active. The report showed teenagers prefer activities that are fun, unstructured and social when given the choice. When allowed to choose, all the participants were in favour of unstructured and informal pastimes like Trampolining (which accounted for 49 percent), laser tag (11 percent) and waterpark visits (seven per cent). Both boys and girls opted to do similar activities.

The study, named the Active Project, worked with 900 teenagers in South Wales. By using a voucher system, participants "paid" for the activites they wanted to choose. This voucher system empowered them to make their own choices, and the participants also had peer mentoring to give them social support to be active. A support worker was also made available to help the teenagers find out what was available already.
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