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The Role of Sports Academies in Developing Saudi Sports from Society’s Perspective

DOI: 10.4236/ape.2022.123018, PP. 236-243

Keywords: Sports Academy, Young Athletes, Sports Centers, Sports Talents

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In the last decade, sports academies increase dramatically in Saudi Arabia. However, the lack of information about the role of the sports academies in developing sports in Saudi Arabia from society’s perspective alerts the importance of investigating this gap. Aim: The main aim of the present study was to investigate the role of sports academies in developing Saudi sports from society’s perspective. Methods: This cross-sectional study used descriptive design. One hundred eighty-three responds from random public people (age, 22 - 63 years old) including males and female participated in the present study using a developed electronic questionnaire. The questionnaire consisted of six dimensions with total of 23 items. The reliability of the questionnaire was evaluated (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.92). Data of the present study was analyzed using SPSS program version 26. Mean, standard deviation, frequencies, percentages and relative importance were used. Results: Generally, the responds of the participants demonstrated that the society tends to be mature enough to understand the role of the sports academies especially in development of the spread of stadiums and sports facility (mean = 2.41), developing the technical aspects and the level of performance (mean = 2.48), and developing a sports and physical activities participation (mean = 2.61). Conclusion: The present study demonstrated that the responds of the participants showed well awareness of the importance of the role of sports academies in developing

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