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The Office of Sport is dedicated to researching the evidence-base into the value of sport, active recreation and physical activity towards improving the health and wellbeing of people in NSW. 

In 2016 the Office of Sport and the University of Sydney Charles Perkins Centre established the SPRINTER (The Prevention Research Collaboration’s Sport and Active Recreation Intervention & Epidemiology Research Group) research collaboration project.

The partnership is a three-year agreement for research into national and international practices and strategies that have proved successful in increasing participation in sport and active recreation.

SPRINTER unites wider agencies across the sector through intervention and epidemiology research and evaluation to inform policy and practice for increasing participation.

The key roles of the SPRINTER Group include:

  • Lead, shape and implement a novel program of research that adopts a whole systems approach to physical activity promotion in NSW
  • Understand the economic and social value of sport, active recreation and physical activity across the life course
  • Understand current participation levels and building on the evidence base
  • Develop best practice guidance on increasing population physical activity and participation rates.

SPRINTER is currently undertaking the following major sector development, research and evaluation projects:

  • Active Kids program
  • AusPlay analysis and reporting for New South Wales
  • Women in Sport (Participation Pillar)
  • Regional Sport and Active Recreation Plans
  • Major Sport Events

For more information on SPRINTER please email Dr Lindsey Reece, Senior Research Fellow and Director, SPRINTER.