The Response

Creating Positive Sport Experiences

A critical factor in determining whether young people persist or withdraw from sport is the quality of their sporting experience. Children will flourish and remain involved when their sporting experiences are empowering. If sport is to be part of the solution for combating inactivity and obesity, effective interventions are needed to ensure that sporting experiences are positive and support continued participation.

Promoting Empowering Coaches

The PAPA project responds to the challenge of how to reduce childhood inactivity and obesity by trying to create a sport environment that promotes positive experiences, emotional health and psychosocial growth and development. Guided by contemporary theories of motivation, PAPA will focus on creating optimal experiences for young people in the popular sport of football. Through their interactions with players, coaches play a vital role in shaping the quality of children's sport participation. By educating coaches on principles of fostering optimal motivation and providing them with concrete strategies for creating an empowering environment in training and matches, we think that the coach-created climate can be improved and result in improved health and well-being for its players.

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PAPA Featured on Horizon 2020

An article about the PAPA Project has been featured on the Horizon 2020 website. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years.

End of Project Dissemination Conference

To mark the formal conclusion of the PAPA project, store at the end of September 2013 members of the PAPA Project came together to present their findings at a special one-day event.