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The Health and Sport Engagement (HASE) Project

Funding body

Sport England


Investigator(s)

Principal investigator: Dr Louise Mansfield
Co-investigator: Professor Tess Kay
Co-investigator: Dr Nana Anokye
Co-investigator: Professor Julia Fox-Rushby
 

Project description

HASE is a mixed-method evaluation of a complex community sport intervention aiming to engage inactive people in sustained sporting activity to promote physical activity, health and wellbeing. It is designed and evaluated by Brunel sport and public health researchers and delivered in partnership with sport and public health experts in the London Borough of Hounslow.

HASE is part of Sport England’s national Get Healthy Get Active initiative which aims to improve understanding of how sport can be used to raise population rates of physical activity.The Moving More, Living More cross Government group, including representatives of Sport England, the Department of Health and Public Health England, recognises the potential sport of to help people become more active. The study is a collaborative partnership between local community sport deliverers and sport and public health researchers. It involves designing, delivering and evaluating the HASE intervention. The HASE project aims to engage previously inactive people in sustained sporting activity for 1 x 30 minutes a week; and to examine the associated health and wellbeing outcomes.

 

Impact statement

The HASE project is takes a community partnership approach to knowledge building. The project is co-designed with participants, sports coaches and public health professionals to ensure sports projects are tailored to the needs of participants and harness the expertise of delivery experts. Training and  knowledge exchange activities develop the public health and community sport expertise of delivery groups. The HASE project offers the first mixed method evaluation of a complex community sport intervention aiming to engage inactive people in sustained sporting activity to promote physical activity, health and wellbeing. The HASE evaluation is rigorous and comparative, and includes economic analysis both rare in evaluating sport interventions. The research employs a strong quasi-experimental design providing high policy interest in the finding.

The Health and Sport Engagement (HASE) Intervention and Evaluation Project: protocol for the design, outcome, process and economic evaluation of a complex community sport intervention to increase levels of physical activity