n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Participation of learners in Swaziland school sports management - : sport management

Volume 18, Issue Issue-4_2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Active participation in structured physical activity at school as presented in physical education and school sport renders multiple benefits. However, access to such practices is not a given in developing countries where structural obstacles remain. This study explores the participation of learners in Swaziland school sport. A survey was used with 80 schools included in a representable sample selected through stratified random sampling, representing an overall response rate of 86.2%. A total of 66 teachers, 68 head teachers and 405 learners returned completed questionnaires. Data sets were analysed through thematic codes (qualitative data) and descriptive statistical analysis (quantitative data). Only 21.2% of learners participate in school sport, with athletics, soccer and netball being the main sport codes. Most learners (93%) have a positive attitude towards sport. Lack of facilities was viewed as the main limiting factor for participation in sport. The Ministry of Education and Training could improve school sport through getting a buy-in from head teachers, human resource development and physical resource development.

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