Sport and students: a comparative analysis of coastal, Zagora and island area of Split-Dalmatia County

Journal of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, No. 1, 2008

Original scientific paper

Slobodan Bjelajac ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia

pages 89-100

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This paper deals with some of the results of a survey done in 2004 and 2005 among the students of secondary schools of the Split Dalmatian County on the position of sport within their leisure time. The results of the analysis uncover that sport is one of the very significant student activities, but not the most signifi cant one (it is in fourth place, and attending sport events is in the eighth place in students’ leisure time). The position of sports and attending sport events in students’ leisure time significantly differs among different areas of the County: coast, islands and Zagora. While sports hold the highest position in the hinterland (second place, and attending sport events in third), on the coast they are in fi fth and sixth, and on the islands in ninth and eleventh place respectively. There are differences among students of different areas regarding the most preferred sport. Although soccer is the most preferred sport in all areas, the percentage of soccer lovers is twice as high on the islands than in other two areas. Besides soccer, the most preferred sport in the coastal area is basketball, and in the Zagora athletics. The results indicate the necessity for a differential sport policy in different parts of the County.


coast; islands; Zagora; sport; students