Levels of participation in grassroots sport is on the rise again, according to figures released by Sport England.
According to their results and research, almost 16 million people aged 16 and over have played at least half an hour of sport per week in the year between March 2015 and 2016.
More active women the catalyst for improved figures
That is an increase of 340,000 on the previous year, and just under 2m more than when London was awarded the Games back in 2005. Pleasingly the bulk of the growth comes from women becoming more active – thanks in no small part to brilliant campaigns like This Girl Can.
Running continues to grow with almost 140,000 people running regularly in the last year. Compared to ten years ago, fully one million more people in this country are regular runners – a remarkable improvement for which initiatives like the brilliant Parkrun can undoubtedly take some credit.
Team sports such as cricket (up 43,500), netball (an increase of 13,100 participants) and rugby union (up by 23,000) have also seen a healthy rise in numbers.
Going to the gym remains as popular as ever, with the number of people working out on a weekly basis exceeding 7 million for the first time. Exercise classes, like spinning and boxercise, continue to attract large numbers, especially women. Though it’s not all good news – the number of disabled people taking part in regular sport is down slightly and that will be an area for improvement going forward.
New strategy for 2017 to focus on general health and fitness
Overall, swimming remains England’s most popular activity, with athletics second, cycling third and football fourth.
Sport England is to alter its strategy from next year to apply greater focus on boosting general levels of health and fitness, as opposed to concentrating specifically on organised sport.
“We need to look at why sports such as basketball aren’t doing better – that’s worrying – and be more sophisticated in what we offer to those with more than one disability. Because we know there is no lack of appetite out there and the equation is pretty simple: more activity equals greater fitness equals better quality of life.”Jennie Price – Chief Executive of Sport England
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