Information sheet



Title of study: An ongoing assessment of the motivations for engaging and re-engaging with Team GB family activity trails.

I would like to invite you to participate in a research project which forms part of my PhD research. Before you decide whether you want to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what your participation will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the study is to understand the reasons for people choosing to engage or not engage in the Team GB activity trails and to understand motivators and barriers to participation.

The data will be used to help us understand how the trail is currently being used and to help identify changes to make in the future.  

Why have I been invited to take part?

You are being invited to participate in this study because live in or near Hull or Withernsea.

The study is open to anyone aged 8+.

What will happen if I take part?

If you choose to take part in the study, you will be asked to fill out a short survey. The survey will start by asking whether this is your first time using the trails or if you have taken part in the trails previously.
The questions will be focused on (1) Background information; (2) Engagement; and (3) Feedback.

Participation will take place once for approximately 5 minutes.

Do I have to take part?

Participation is completely voluntary. You should only take part if you want to and choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in any way. You do not have to answer all of the survey questions if they make you feel uncomfortable. Once you have read the information sheet, please contact us if you have any questions that will help you make a decision about taking part. If you decide to take part, we will ask you to sign a consent form. Data will only be collected if you consent to all of the statements. You can drop out at any point of the survey if you do not wish to carry on.

What are the possible risks of taking part?

As we are collecting survey data, the risks of taking part are minimal. However, there may be a low risk of you feeling uncomfortable in answering questions related to your  demographic information or exercise intentions. If you do feel uncomfortable about any questions, you do not have to answer these, and you can drop out of the study at any point.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

If you sign up to the study, complete the surveys, and provide your email address, you will included in a prize draw to win Team GB merchandise.

The direct benefits may be limited. However, you will be helping an ongoing project aiming to understand how the trails are being used and whether people are regularly engaging with them.

How will we use information about you?

We will not ask for your name or any identifying information. However, this means that your data will be anonymised, and cannot be removed from data collection once you have completed the survey, as we will not be able to identify which survey is yours. 

Once we have finished the study, we will keep the data until the publication of the final PhD study or after 5 years of any associated journal publications, so we can check the results. We will write our reports in a way that no-one can work out that you took part in the study. Your data will be processed in accordance with the UK-GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. In addition, the data will only be accessed by the research team and collaborating researchers at the University of Hull but will not be shared with any third-party organisations.

What are your choices about how your information is used?

You are free to withdraw at any point of the study, without having to give a reason.

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

Where can you find out more about how your information is used?

You can find out more about how we use your information:

Data Protection Statement

The data controller for this project will be the University of Hull. The University will process your personal data for the purpose of the research outlined above. The legal basis for processing your personal data for research purposes under GDPR is a ‘task in the public interest’

If you are not happy with the sponsor’s response or believe the sponsor is processing your data in a way that is not right or lawful, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) (  or 0303 123 1113).

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of the study will be summarised in the researcher’s PhD thesis and potentially as part of a journal article publication, if appropriate. The results will also be used to guide future trail developments. The results may be shared with other researchers at the University of Hull who are also investigating the use of walking trails within the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Who has reviewed this study?

Research studies are reviewed by an independent group of people, called a Research Ethics Committee, to protect your interests. This study has been reviewed and been given a favourable opinion by the Faculty of Health Sciences Ethics Committee at the University of Hull.

Who should I contact for further information?

If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please contact me using the following contact details:

Esther Carter:

What if I have further questions, or if something goes wrong?

If you wish to make a complaint about the conduct of the study, you can contact the University of Hull using the details below for further advice and information:

Professor John Saxton
University of Hull
Cottingham Road

Thank you for reading this information sheet and for considering taking part in this research.