Information shared from both the Desk Review and Peer Research phases have provided important insight about what young people currently want from sporting offers.
However, through both phases of the research, it was apparent that different young people have different barriers, ‘triggers and motivators for taking part in sport. For many young people, sport is an appealing activity in itself and a ‘hook’ to engagement, whilst for others it is sport’s wider benefits which motivates participation – i.e. the opportunities to meet new people, socialise with others, develop personally and for wider health and well-being benefits.
Building on this, there was demand for both traditional and non-traditional sporting activities, with a clear desire to access opportunities to a variety of different sports and activities locally.
Given these different wants and motivations, it is vitally important to not make assumptions in advance, and to provide opportunities for young people to share their views and shape offers, as what is ‘right’ for one group or area may not be ‘right’ for another.