Sporting Capital and Doorstep Sport: Working to Build the Legacy of Sports Participation in England

StreetGames commissioned a research study to explore the concept of ‘Sporting Capital’ and the role it can play in terms of influencing the likelihood of sustained participation in sport.

Sporting Capital is defined as: The stock of physical, social and psychological attributes and competencies that support and motivate an individual to participate in sport and to sustain that participation over time. 

It is classified into three domains: social, psychological and physiological and suggests a dynamic interaction between these three domains all of which play a significant role in determining current and likely future sports participation.

The study included data analysis of additional (Sporting Capital related) questions which were inserted into a sample of interviews conducted via the Sport England Active People Survey to assess levels of sporting capital by key demographic groups and the relationship with levels of sports participation.

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