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The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is committed to leading and growing an innovative national sport sector that embraces knowledge creation and sharing, and continues to produce world leading research outcomes for the benefit of sport and the Australian community. 

Sporting Schools conducts project work, including pilot projects and research, that contributes to these aims. Read about some of the latest project work below or view further ASC research here.


Both locally and internationally, research has shown that there is a decline in sport participation for youth between 13-17 years old. The research also shows that in order to increase sport participation in the youth demographic, sporting activities need to be designed to meet their motivations and interests.

As a result, the ASC undertook the Youth Participation Project. Funded through the ASC’s Sporting Schools program, the Youth Participation Project sought to examine the most successful strategies for engaging the youth sector through sport.

In collaboration with a range of national sporting organisations (NSOs) and commencing in Term 2, 2016, the pilot programs were run across five school terms, in more than 80 schools, with research and evaluation conducted by La Trobe University. The project aimed to look at the barriers to participation, why the barriers exist, and to trial interventions for overcoming them.

The results of this project will assist NSOs to develop sporting products suitable for delivery in the secondary school environment.

Once the project is completed in June 2017, research learnings will be shared.

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