Almost three quarters of parents who responded to the 2015 Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey said they did not know how much physical activity children and young people should be doing according to national guidelines (77% of parents of under 5s and 64% of parents of 5-18 year olds said this). 5 Nearly a quarter of parents of 5-18 year olds in this survey felt their children do too little exercise; one in 10 parents of children under 5 feel the same way (see Figure 2).

For the parents of under 5s who felt that their children do too little exercise, the main reason cited was lack of facilities or access to suitable sessions, including timing. Among the parents with children aged between 5 and 18 who felt their children do too little exercise, the most common reason they cited was lack of facilities or access to suitable sessions (again including the timing of sessions available), followed by lack of time. 6

Figure 2: Perceptions of parents in Hackney regarding the extent to which their children are doing enough physical activity (2015)

Seventy percent of parents responding to the Hackney survey were not aware of physical activity recommendations for children and young people
Figure 2: Perceptions of parents in Hackney regarding the extent to which their children are doing enough physical activity (2015)

Source: Hackney resident health and wellbeing survey (2015)

The Rockpool survey found that 70% of young respondents played sport or did an activity to keep fit outside of school. The most common motivation for playing sport outside of school was that it ‘feels good’ (Figure 3). 7

Figure 3: Motivation of young people in Hackney to do sport, among those who participate (age 11-19, 2012)

Sixty-three percent of respondents cite 'it feels good' as the motivation for participation in sport.
Figure 3: Motivation of young people in Hackney to do sport, among those who participate (age 11-19, 2012)

Source: Rockpool survey, Healthy lives in Hackney (2012)

Among the young people who said they attend sports facilities, by far the most common factor cited that would make it easier for them to attend was cost (63% of these respondents said ‘making it cheaper’ would make it easier for them to attend, as shown in Figure 4).

Figure 4: Factors that would make it easier for young people in Hackney to access sports facilities, among those who have visited a facility (age 11-19, 2012)

Sixty-four percent of respondents cite 'if it were cheaper'
Figure 4: Factors that would make it easier for young people in Hackney to access sports facilities, among those who have visited a facility (age 11-19, 2012)

Source: Rockpool survey, Healthy lives in Hackney (2012)

The Rockpool study also examined what deters people who do not want to go to a sports facility. One in five respondents said they did not go to and did not intend to go to a sports facility, the most common reason given being that ‘I am happy as I am’, as shown in Figure 5. Girls were more likely than boys to cite cost as a barrier. 8

Figure 5: Reasons young people give for not wanting to visit a sports facility (age 11-19, 2012)

Forty-five percent of respondents cite 'I'm happy as I am' as a reason for not wanting to visit a sports facility. Thirty percent say they are too busy and eighteen percent say 'it's too expensive'
Figure 5: Reasons young people give for not wanting to visit a sports facility (age 11-19, 2012)

Source: Rockpool survey, Healthy lives in Hackney (2012)

References

  1. Ipsos MORI, “Health and Wellbeing in Hackney: survey report for Hackney Council,” 2015.
  2. Ipsos MORI, “Health and Wellbeing in Hackney: survey report for Hackney Council,” 2015.
  3. Rockpool Research Associates, “Healthy lives in Hackney: Young people’s health attitudes and behaviours,” 2012.
  4. Rockpool Research Associates, “Healthy lives in Hackney: Young people’s health attitudes and behaviours,” 2012.
  5. Ipsos MORI, “Health and Wellbeing in Hackney: survey report for Hackney Council,” 2015.
  6. Ipsos MORI, “Health and Wellbeing in Hackney: survey report for Hackney Council,” 2015.
  7. Rockpool Research Associates, “Healthy lives in Hackney: Young people’s health attitudes and behaviours,” 2012.
  8. Rockpool Research Associates, “Healthy lives in Hackney: Young people’s health attitudes and behaviours,” 2012.