Emily researches inclusivity in walking & climbing for her PhD

Emily researches inclusivity in walking & climbing for her PhD


Thu 06 May

Emily Ankers, a friend of YBTC and past member of our team, is undertaking research on the "Your Movement Matters" project with Leeds Beckett University.
Emily did a summer placement in our office team, and still helps out in our charity shop. She is now part of a Leeds Beckett University project looking into how outdoor activities can be made more inclusive.

Bringing together experts from eight of the UK's leading outdoor leisure organisations, the Your Movement Matters project looks into participation in walking and climbing activities by people from all walks of life. The activity the team is interested in includes anything from strolling in the park with a friend to trekking up mountains.

Data shows that those from ethnic minorities visit natural outdoor spaces 60% less than the rest of the population, and that overall men are much more active than women. The team wants to find out about potential barriers which might stop people from taking part in this type of exercise, whether that be a long term health condition, the impact of a brain tumour or simply not knowing how to get started.

The hope is that by surveying a diverse range of people and analysing the results, they'll be able to better understand the needs of different groups to encourage them to take part in walking, climbing and mountaineering. For example, indoor climbing centres across the UK will use the data to make the adjustments to their classes depending on who is taking part.

The research is being carried out by Leeds Beckett University and is led by Dr Chris Kay, an expert in adaptive sport and disability who delivers sessions through Carnegie Great Outdoors.

If you're age 16+, take part in the survey and help Emily and her team find out about inclusion in the outdoors.

Emily said: ""I first got involved with YBTC when the shop opened in Headingley as a volunteer, I went on to be a YBTC summer intern and I provided shop support alongside doing my Masters by Research (MRes) at Leeds Beckett University. Since completing my MRes I have been involved in the Your Movement Matters project. We are investigating the demographics of those who do and do not participate in walking and climbing. The information we gather via our survey will help us craft policies and resources to be actively inclusive and get more people walking and climbing. My next step is starting a PhD in October, but of course, I will be continuing to pop into the YBTC shop and you might find me looking after the shop some days."

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