School Location as a Variable of Sports Facilities in Senior Secondary Schools, Kogi East Senatorial Zone, Kogi State
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Background: Well maintained sports facilities equally enhance effective utilization of the facilities. Unfortunately, a closer look at sports facilities in most secondary schools in kogi East senatorial zone shows that sports facilities are inadequately provided and maintained, thus the need for this study. Purpose: This study was to ascertain if availability, utilization and maintenance of sports facilities significantly differ based on school location. Results: The findings show that availability and maintenance of sports facilities in the area of study do not significantly differ based on school location. However, on utilization, school location exerted significant difference. Conclusion: From the findings, it was concluded that there is need to clearly ascertain why sports facilities in rural senior secondary schools are utilized more that those in the urban area. This clearly shows that senior secondary students in urban areas have vested interest in other activities which maybe screen activities rather sports. This may have far reaching implications no their wellbeing. Recommendation: There is need to re-educate senior secondary school students in urban area on the need and importance of engaging in sports activities, and this can be done through workshops and health-related classroom teaching.