Sport and Recreation Spatial
Through research publications, visual tools, and interactive maps, the Sport and Recreation Spatial portal presents spatial data relevant to all levels of the sport and recreation sector in Victoria for analysis, strategic planning, policy formulation and evidence-based decision making - to improve sports participation rates, health outcomes and community connectedness.
Sport and Recreation Spatial is a collaborative program of research between CeRDI and researchers led by Professor Rochelle Eime in the Health and Life Sciences (Federation University) and the Institute for Health and Sport (Victoria University).
The Sport and Recreation Spatial research team has received significant industry recognition through recently awarded awards across government, sport and health sectors, both at a State and National level.
Sport and Recreation Spatial awards:
- 2019 Winner - Parks and Leisure Australia (Vic/Tas)- Sport Participation Research Project - Research Project award
- 2018 Finalist - VicHealth award- Sport and Recreation Spatial - Sport Participation Research Project- Research into Action
- 2017 Winner - VicHealth award- Sport and Recreation Spatial - Sport Participation Research Project- Research into Action
- 2017 Winner - Parks and Leisure Australia national research award- Sport and Recreation Spatial
- 2017 Winner - Parks and Leisure Australia (Vic/Tas)- Sport and Recreation Spatial - Research Project award.
- 2017 Winner - Victorian Sport Awards- Sport and Recreation Spatial, Sport Development Initiative of the year
- 2017 Winner - Women in sport award, for outstanding contribution for increasing female participation in sport
- 2017 Winner - Federation University, Faculty of Health, Executive Dean’s award for research
- 2015 Finalist- VicHealth award- Sport and Recreation Spatial - Research into Action
Established in 2012, Sport and Recreation Spatial investigates sport and recreation participation and facilities, and associated health outcomes, to support evidence-based decision making.
Key areas of focus for Sport and Recreation Spatial are:
- Participation levels and trends
- Influences on participation
- Value of sport: the health benefits of participation
- Places to play: the nexus between facilities and participation
An important aspect of Sport and Recreation Spatial is the integration and interrogation of data about sport and recreation participation, sport and recreation facilities, population demographics and population health from multiple data custodians. This provides sporting organisations, government and industry with a strong evidence base and an increased capacity for research, strategic planning, and development of participation programs and facilities management. This is achieved through:
- A unique and annually accumulating set of both cross-sectional and longitudinal sport participation data provided by state sporting organisations and other relevant data custodians;
- A program of research which addresses questions of national and international significance; and
- A national geographic information system (GIS) for presenting spatial data relevant to all levels of the sport and recreation industry. This resource provides the sport and recreation sector with a vital tool to facilitate research, strategic planning and the development of participation programs and facilities.
The success of this project has been facilitated through collaborations with key industry stakeholders including the peak sporting and recreation organisations VicHealth, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Sport Australia, VicSport and state and national sporting organisations.
Through this initiative, an extensive range of data sets, including data from population surveys, sport participation data from sports organisation data and sports facilities data, are enhanced and made visually accessible by the latest spatial GIS technologies. These advances provide the foundation for extensive investigation between facilities, sport and recreation participation and health outcomes.
Sport and Recreation Spatial enables greater investigation into the ‘value of sport’ in terms of participatory health benefits and provides an evidence-base from which to formulate recommendations for the Australian sport and recreation sector.
A program of research has been established to use Sport and Recreation Spatial to harness new knowledge for the sector. Already important understandings about sport and physical activity participation levels, trends and the factors affecting participation in sport and recreation have been generated, with the findings published in peer-reviewed journals.
The Sport and Recreation Spatial portal enables researchers to investigate the relationships between sports participation, sports facilities and health outcomes.
Industry collaboration has supported the establishment of an extensive collection of national and state-wide data covering areas including sports participation, sport and recreation facilities, population demographics and population health from multiple data custodians. The current collection includes over 5 million sport participant records from 12 leading sports. It is the most extensive database assembled for sports participation rates and sport and recreation facilities for the State of Victoria.
Sport and Recreation Spatial data has been analysed and interrogated for a range of research, planning and policy purposes with key project partners including State Sporting Associations, Sport and Recreation Victoria and VicHealth.
The Sport and Recreation Spatial documentary film elaborates on how the capabilities and application of Sport and Recreation Spatial support industry and inform practice. In addition to the insights about the research offered by Associate Professor Rochelle Eime, insights are presented from industry partners including from Michael Cahill, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, Amanda Basu, Netball Victoria, and Rayoni Nelson, VicHealth.
To view the documentary film visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGgmDEkrF5Q
Sport and Recreation Spatial was a finalist in the 2015 VicHealth Awards, received the 2016 Victorian Sport Awards VicHealth Sport Development Initiative of the Year, and winner of the 2017 VicHealth Award - Sport and Recreation Spatial - Sport Participation Research Project - Research into Action.
An innovation of Sport and Recreation Spatial is its use of web-based GIS technologies to present spatial data relevant to all levels of the sport and recreation sector. This enables research to be undertaken that addresses sector-relevant questions of national and international significance, to undertake strategic planning, facilities management and to develop recreation participation programs.
The primary technologies behind the Sport and Recreation Spatial GIS involve LeafletJS, Bootstrap, PHP, GeoJSON and a hybrid MySQL/PostGIS database backend.
The flexibility of the approach allows for millions of possible layers available to the user via easy to use map filters, and yearly membership data is immediately available after import without requiring publication of countless layers.
A key aim of the Bootstrap interface upgrade was to operate on both desktop and tablet devices, make powerful GIS functionality available to non-GIS users, explain to the user clearly what the map is showing, and make key statistics available at a glance.
Rochelle Eime – Project Manager/Lead Researcher
Jack Harvey – Senior Statistician
Melanie Charity – Data management and statistics
Paul Feely – Lead Developer
Sudeera Abeywickrema – Development
Scott Limmer – Development
Andrew Macleod – GIS data
Himalaya Singh – GIS data
Craig Briody – Training/Documentation
The Sport and Recreation Spatial-Sport Participation Research Project won the 2019 Parks and Leisure (Vic/Tas) research award at the May state conference.... Continue reading.
Sport and Recreation Spatial has received a Parks and Leisure Australia Award of Excellence in the Research Project category (Victoria and Tasmania).... Continue reading...
Sport and Recreation Spatial has been awarded as the Victorian Sport Development Initiative of the Year at the 2016 Victorian Sport Awards gala ceremony in Melbourne.... Continue reading...
Sport and Recreation Spatial a finalist in the 2015 VicHealth Awards - 5 November 2015
Sport and Recreation Spatial has been nominated as a finalist in the 2015 VicHealth Awards.... Continue reading...
Strong partnerships, new data and exciting research is a winning combination for Sport and Recreation Spatial - 26 September 2013
Sport and Recreation Spatial is an advanced ICT system to spatially present state and national data for the sport and recreation industries. In just its first year of operation, key milestones have be... Continue reading...
More People, More Active, More Often: The launch of the Sport and Recreation Spatial website and portal - 11 February 2013
The Sport and Recreation Spatial project website and portal was launched in December 2012. It presents important spatial data for the sport and recreation industry in Australia and is already gaining ... Continue reading...
Sport and Recreation Spatial (5:48)
Sport and Recreation Spatial integrates data about sport and recreation participation, sport and recreation facilities, population demographics and population health from multiple data custodians. www.sportandrecreationspatial.com.au
Sport & Recreation Spatial - Demonstration Video Where to invest in facility development (5:03)
Sport and Recreation Spatial - Finalist, Parks and Leisure Australia national research award (0:37)
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Sport and Recreation Spatial works with the following sports providing a range of research analysis and reporting relating to sport participation and sports facilities, and the provision of GIS service.
Sport and Recreation Spatial has provided physical activity, sport and health benchmark reports for the following Local Government Areas