Physical education, youth sport and lifelong participation: the importance of early learning experiences

  title={Physical education, youth sport and lifelong participation: the importance of early learning experiences},
  author={David Kirk},
  journal={European Physical Education Review},
  pages={239 - 255}
  • D. Kirk
  • Published 1 October 2005
  • Education
  • European Physical Education Review
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