Attendance patterns and factors affecting participation in organized walks: an investigation of Natural England's Walking for Health programme

KOKOLAKAKIS, Themis, RAMCHANDANI, Girish and COLEMAN, Richard (2015). Attendance patterns and factors affecting participation in organized walks: an investigation of Natural England's Walking for Health programme. World Leisure Journal, 57 (2), 104-117.

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Abstract

This paper examines the Natural England database of registered walkers to identify patterns of attendance in organized walks and differences in walking behaviour based on the profile of participants in Walking for Health (WfH), one of the largest public health interventions for physical activity in the UK. The investigation is informed by walk-history data relating to more than 79,000 participants over a two-year period. Methods used include measures of participant adherence and chi-squared automatic interaction detector analysis. The results indicate that absolute participation numbers have a strong seasonal element, with a marked decline occurring around the Christmas period. Age emerges as the most significant determinant of organized walking behaviour, with older age groups exhibiting higher intensity of participation relative to younger age groups. The research facilitates a better understanding of participation in WfH and can serve to inform future delivery and the marketing of organized walking initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 29 Apr 2015
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sport Industry Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1080/16078055.2015.1034341
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 10:45
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2015 00:30
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10157

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