INTRODUCTION There is a need to develop relevant, acceptable initiatives that facilitate physical activity participation in young people with disability. was developed to support young people with disability to exercise . The primary aims are to investigate if can be scaled up from a small, university-led programme to run as a larger community-university partnership programme, and to determine its effectiveness in improving physical activity participation and health-related quality of life for young people with disability. The secondary aims are to evaluate cost-effectiveness, changes in attitudes towards disability and other health-related outcomes for young people with disability.
METHODS AND ANALYSIS A stepped wedge cluster randomised trial using a cohort design and embedded health economic evaluation will compare the effect of with a control phase . matches a young person with disability with a student mentor and the pair exercise together at their local gymnasium for 1 hour, two times per week for 12 weeks (24 sessions in total). One hundred and sixty young people with disability aged 13 to 30 years will be recruited . Eight community gymnasia will be recruited and randomised into four cluster units to have introduced at 3-month intervals . Primary (feasibility, participation and health-related quality of life) and secondary outcomes will be collected longitudinally every 3 months from trial commencement, with eight data collection time points in total . The Practical Robust Implementation and Sustainability Model will be used to support knowledge translation and implementation of project findings into policy and practice .
ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION Ethical approval was obtained from the La Trobe University Human Ethics Committee (HEC17-012), Australian Catholic University (2017-63R), Deakin University (2017-206) and the Victorian Department of Education and Training (2018_003616). Results will be disseminated through published manuscripts, conference presentations, public seminars and practical resources for stakeholder groups .
TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER ACTRN12617000766314 . TRIAL SPONSOR La Trobe University.