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Engaging children and families in physical activity: novel interventions and practical applications

Project Description

To design and evaluate a novel family-based out-of-school physical activity intervention.


1. To undertake formative work to co-develop a family-based out of school physical activity intervention.
2. To evaluate the effect of the intervention on physical activity levels, sedentary behaviours and markers of physiological and psychosocial health in children and their families.


A tailored intervention will increase levels of physical activity and improve the health of children and their families.

Methodology and innovations

Formative phase: Building upon our existing research, we will recruit children and families to form a project working group to conduct focus groups and utilise creative and mixed-methodologies to develop a tailored intervention.


A controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of the intervention.
Outcome measures: Conducted at baseline, post intervention (~12 weeks), and at follow up on each member of the family living in the same household. We will assess a range of markers, including objectively assessed physical activity and sedentary behaviour using wrist-worn accelerometers, body size/fatness using anthropometric measures, health markers such as blood pressure and a range of self-reported outcomes related to psychosocial wellbeing and health-related quality of life.


Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website at Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects can be seen at

The final deadline for application is 12 April 2019.

Funding Notes

DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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