LSA funded project: Indoor water-based physical and transgender people’s wellbeing

Jayne Caudwell from Bournemouth University has provided us with an overview of her LSA funded project. We will be opening the call for the next round of funding soon so keep an eye on your emails!

At the beginning of the year, I was fortunate to receive confirmation of £1,000 funding from the Leisure Studies Association Research Support Fund and Research Dissemination Fund for the project:  Safe swim: Exploring the potential of water-based active leisure for transgender young people. The funding has enabled opportunities for a Bournemouth-based transgender social group by contributing to an on-going project involving monthly swimming pool group attendance. It has helped pay for pool hire and the production of research materials.

Adding to a range of funding, the LSA funding extended the groups’ participation in monthly swim-related sessions until the end of the year. Also, it allowed the production of focus group artwork as well as participant’s artwork capturing feelings of ‘before’ and ‘after’ swimming (for examples please click on this link and this link). This artwork has been produced as hard copy and given back to group members as well as circulated more broadly to relevant stakeholders.  In February 2020, the artwork will be displayed at The Lighthouse in Poole for LGBT History Month.

The main aims of the project are to a) sustain participation (involves financial support) and b) disseminate the findings to show participation has helped improve the wellbeing of the group and individuals. Group members do not take part in traditional lane swimming, but they do move and play in the water, socialise, as well as complete widths and lengths. Their experiences of the monthly one-hour sessions are depicted in the artwork produced.


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