11 June 2015

Active People Survey 9

Active People Survey 9

Sport England has released the latest sport participation figures from the Active People Survey (APS). The current figures provide information on sports participation for adults over the age of 16 in England for the six month period from October 2014-March 2015. The current interim report will contribute to the APS 9 survey (October 2014-October 2015).

Main findings:

  • 15.49 million people (35.5%) aged 16 or over played sport for at least 30 minutes at least once a week. Despite an increase since the survey began in 2005/06, there has been a decrease since 2012/13.
  • Sport participation decreases with age, which is a well-established trend in other activity participation figures.
  • Sport participation by black and minority ethnic groups has increased by 37,600 during the interim period to its second highest rate since the survey began due to a growth in tennis, football and basketball.
  • Running, basketball and tennis have experienced increases in their participation figures. The growing popularity of informal running events, eg, parkrun and Color Run and the advancements that the Lawn Tennis Association has made to understand their customers have contributed to this.
  • Team sport participation remains stable, with 2.7 million people playing a team sport (football, rugby league, rugby union, hockey and netball).
  • Swimming participation has fallen which adds to the downward trend currently being experienced in Britain’s most popular sport. The gym and keep fit sector has also seen a drop in the number of people participating.

Sport England’s Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: “These are really disappointing results. Whilst we’ve seen the number of people playing sport increase by 1.4 million since we won the right to host the London 2012 Games, these results highlight that our current investment model has delivered all the growth available in the traditional markets for sports.”

In recent years, data has been collected on sport participation in over 14s, however, the data discussed here includes adults over the age of 16 to allow for comparison with previous surveys.

DOWNLOAD: Active People Survey 9 (Q2)