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Evaluation of Extracurricular Sports Activities as an Educational Element for Sustainable Development in Educational Institutions

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Faculty of Physical Activity Sciences and Sport, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, 41013 Seville, Spain
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Departamento de Expresion Musical, Plastica y Corporal, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
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Faculty of Education Sciences, Universidad de Cádiz, 11001 Cádiz, Spain
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Department of Sports and Computer Sciences, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, 41013 Seville, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(12), 3474; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11123474
Received: 13 May 2019 / Revised: 14 June 2019 / Accepted: 17 June 2019 / Published: 25 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Education for Sustainability in Physical Education)
Education that instills healthy habits has acquired much attention in recent years due to concerns related to obesity and the sedentary lifestyle of the scholastic population. Extracurricular sports activities can contribute to the creation of healthy habits and can promote active lifestyles. These positive habits provide social benefits and are a facilitator of sustainable development. Thisstudy had two objectives: To assess the quality and value of extracurricular sports activities offered by schools, as well as the satisfaction of the participants and their future intentions to participate; and to assess the relationship between these constructs, with the aim of identifying factors that encourage schoolchildren to be active. Information was gathered from 1080 children in secondary education in Spain (n = 1080) (65.90% boys, 13.76 ± 1.39 years). The instruments used were the Scale of Perception of Sports Organizations (EPOD2) and a future intentions scale. The evaluation of satisfaction, quality, and value, as well as the intentions expressed by the young athletes to continue participating in extracurricular sports activities were positive, with average values close to the maximum. The best-rated quality variables were human resources. A significant association was identified between communication and loyalty, and response capacity and sports spaces. Likewise, perceived satisfaction and value were related to loyalty and price. In short, student perceptions establish a clear relationship between evaluations of activities and the intention to continue practicing sports in schools. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; service quality; satisfaction; sustainability; active lifestyle; loyalty physical activity; service quality; satisfaction; sustainability; active lifestyle; loyalty
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Pérez-Ordás, R.; Aznar Cebamanos, M.; Nuviala, R.; Nuviala, A. Evaluation of Extracurricular Sports Activities as an Educational Element for Sustainable Development in Educational Institutions. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3474.

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