Does ethnic density influence community participation in mass participation physical activity events? The case of parkrun in England

SMITH, Robert, SCHNEIDER, Paul, BULLAS, Alice, HAAKE, Steve, QUIRK, Helen, COSULICH, Rami and GOYDER, Elizabeth (2020). Does ethnic density influence community participation in mass participation physical activity events? The case of parkrun in England. Wellcome Open Research, 5, p. 9.

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    Abstract

    Background: parkrun has been successful in encouraging people in England to participate in their weekly 5km running and walking events. However, there is substantial heterogeneity in parkrun participation across different communities in England: after controlling for travel distances, deprived communities have significantly lower participation rates. Methods: This paper expands on previous findings by investigating disparities in parkrun participation by ethnic density. We combined geo-spatial data available through the Office for National Statistics with participation data provided by parkrun, and fitted multivariable Poisson regression models to study the effect of ethnic density on participation rates at the Lower layer Super Output Level. Results: We find that areas with higher ethnic density have lower participation rates. This effect is independent of deprivation. Conclusions: An opportunity exists for parkrun to engage with these communities and reduce potential barriers to participation.

    Item Type: Article
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15657.1
    Page Range: p. 9
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2020 16:58
    Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 08:42
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25810

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