Clonmel is a town renowned for participation in sport and physical activity but there’s no information to support this. Clonmel Borough Council is currently conducting a physical activity survey of children and adults in the town. The children’s survey is being carried out in a sample of classes from every school.
The questionnaire for adults is also being distributed through the schools. The children from the selected classes will bring home an envelope containing the adult questionnaires. All returned questionnaires will be entered into a draw to win a new bike.
The Centre for Health Behaviour Research in Waterford IT is co-ordinating the research, in partnership with the Council and the local Health Promotion Service. “The data we get from this survey will be very important in informing future active travel and physical activity programmes in Clonmel.” says Dr. Niamh Murphy, Director of WIT’s research centre. “It will answer key questions around the community’s level of physical activity and most importantly how they travel to and from places”. It is planned to repeat the survey in 2013 and 2015 to track any changes in physical activity in either children or adults.
The research in Clonmel will also be replicated using identical methods in both Dungarvan and Kilkenny.