The Story of Streetgames
The 2019 Victorian Population Health Survey found that nearly half the population in East Gippsland do not get sufficient amounts of physical activity. Further, the VicHealth Local Government Indicators Survey identifies that:
21.2% of the population in East Gippsland participate in 0 days per week of physical activity
A lower proportion of the community participate in organised physical activity than the Victorian average; 21.8% compared to 28.7%
3% of the East Gippsland community participate in activities organised by the local fitness, leisure or indoor sports centre, which is significantly lower than the Victorian average
Further research undertaken by Latrobe University Centre of Sport & Social Impact (CSSI) identifies that over nine out of ten young people (92% of 12-17 year olds) are not meeting the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes of physical activity every day. We also know that physical activity levels and sport participation rates significantly decrease during adolescence.
With this data in mind, a Streetgames delivery partnership with Bairnsdale Secondary College was established as it remains the largest provider of education in East Gippsland, with a climbing enrolment of approximately 1180 students and providing a captured audience of young people. In an initial survey of Year 7 and 8 students, 37% reported being active 0-2 times per week with 53% of responses indicating that they do not currently participate in any sports.
There are several different reasons as to why young people aren’t participating in sport. Some that have come from word-of-mouth feedback from students include location, financial barriers, inclusivity, and availability of opportunities.
In more detail, our focus cohorts from this feedback as well as Latrobe University’s CSSI report are: