Breaking Barriers: Youth Sports in High Wycombe

Understanding and Evolving Youth Sports Participation in High Wycombe

Wycombe Wanderers Foundation are exploring barriers to accessing sports. They would like to hear from children and young people aged 5 – 18, and their parents/carers. There are lots of ways to get involved – surveys, focus groups, and more!


Social Research Project

As society continues to evolve at breakneck speed, so must sport within it. But before evolution, comes understanding. This project sets out to understand youth sports participation in High Wycombe, whilst providing a unifying reference point for sports providers, educators and the community itself, to chart a collaborative path forward…to break barriers.

According to Sport England (2022) over half of the UK’s young population do not take part in the recommended amount of daily physical activity (53%). Public Health (2020) data also suggests that 26% of young people living in deprived areas are obese, compared to just 14% amongst their less deprived counterparts. It is clear, that a variety of socio-economic, cultural, practical and knowledge barriers exist, and powered by the Rothschild Foundation, Wycombe Wanderers Foundation (WWF) will be exploring the reasons behind this, how numbers translate to our local, complex context and what collaborative steps can be taken to increase engagement.

Through a variety of research methods and a mixture of both quantitative and qualitative data, it is hoped that this research project can sit as a fulcrum within both the sports-playing and non-sports-playing communities of High Wycombe to impact positive change, inspire greater collaboration and community cohesion.

Through a community-wide collaboration with a signficiant network of partners, it is expected that the resulting data will also support sports organisations funding bids, strategic and delivery plans.

Get involved!

01494 455 736

How to get involved


  1. Complete the Breaking Barriers survey:


  2. Invite Wycombe Wanderers Foundation to host a focus group at your youth club or forum.


  3. Join Wycombe Wanderers’ Youth Voice group


Find out more

If you have any questions or would like to help in any way, please contact Juliet Shayler via or 01494 455736

You can also view this information on the Wycombe Wanderers Foundation website.

Go to the Wycombe Wanderers Foundation website

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