2016 "Facilitating Recreation" Research Survey
Letter to Participants
To all Participants involved in this study:

The survey included in this research is to inform what elements within sporting facilities, specifically sailing clubs, encourage higher rates of participation and retention amongst patrons and club members. This course of research is justified through the understanding of current social and architectural research regarding sport design. Current research indicates that there are a variety of factors; many of them involving physical, social and environmental conditions that make sport more attractive. Buildings are representative of people’s activities, and by understanding which activities are more or less important, we can better represent and facilitate these activities through the design of buildings and facilities.

The survey will include questions involving the following categories:

Social/Cultural Questions
- ex) Monthly all club potluck dinners are important to you.
Coaching Questions
- ex) High Caliber coaching resources at my club make it an attractive venue.
Sporting Questions
- ex) Being an athlete is important to you.
Physical/Management Questions
- ex) Having a really nice ski chalet is pivotal to making sure that the ski hill is successful.
Recreational Home/Home Questions
- ex) Having a cottage by my sailing program is an important element to me being involved.
Natural Landscape Questions
- ex) Sailing clubs having a beautiful surroundings is important to you.
Consumer Motivated Questions
- ex) Buying spectator tickets to a major sailing event would be appealing to you.

The time commitment to participate in this survey should be between 10-25 minutes, is only one session long with no possibility for follow up. Data collected will be confidential in nature, and no individual participants will be identified. Data will be stored on a personal computer and encrypted, and in Google documents with a password protected account. Individual participant data will be deleted after a 3-year period. There is no remuneration available for participating in this survey. There is no known or anticipated risk from participation in this study. When information is transmitted over the Internet privacy cannot be guaranteed. There is always a risk your responses may be intercepted by a third party (e.g., government agencies, hackers). University of Waterloo researchers will not collect or use Internet protocol (IP) addresses or other information which could link your participation to your computer or electronic device without first informing you.

Participants are not required to participate in the survey, and can withdraw at any point during the survey, or do not have to answer select questions if they prefer to decline.

The aggregate data will be included in my thesis, which will be publically available online, and distributed to the Alberta Sailing Community. The monitor, auditor, members of the clinical research ethics committee and regulatory authorities will be granted direct access to the participant’s original records for verification of data.

Any further questions about the study, how the data will be used, or how it will impact the community can be directed toward myself at the email address b2gray@connect.waterloo.ca.
This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE#21882). If you have questions for the committee contact the chief ethics officer, Office of research ethics at 1.519.888.4567 ext. 36005 or at

For all other questions please contact Braden Gray at b2gray@connect.uwaterloo.ca or Rick Andrighetti at reandrig@connect.uwaterloo.ca.

By participating in this survey, you consent to the agreed conditions indicated above.

Please click on one of the following links. By clicking on agreeing to participate, please click on Go to Section 1 afterwards. If you do not want to participate in this survey, please close this web browser page.

By giving your consent, you are not waiving your legal rights or releasing the investigator(s) or involved institution(s) from their legal and professional responsibilities.

Braden Gray

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