Days children do physical activity in England 2012, by gender and activity

This statistic displays the mean number of days that children participated in selected physical activities by gender, in England in 2012. In that week, boys spent on average 1.3 days and girls spent 0.9 days participating in formal sports activities.

Mean number of days children participate in physical activities over one week in England in 2012, by gender and activity

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Release date

December 2013


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

January to December 2012

Number of respondents


Age group

2-15 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Weighted base n (boys)=861, n (girls)=841

The source provides the following information about the data:

Walking does not include walking to or from school, which is reported separately.

Totals on at least one day in the last week may differ as some who reported participation in an activtity did not provide frequency/duration information, and are included in 'None' in this table.

Mean and median are based on all participants.

Informal sports/exercise/active play include: cycling, hopscotch, bouncing on trampoline, playing around, e.e. kicking a ball around, catch, hide and seek, skating, skateboarding, using a scooter, dancing, skipping rope, vacuuming, cleaning car, gardening, etc. Cycling does not include cycling to or from school, which is reported separately.

Formal sports/activities include: football, rugby, hockey, lacrosse, netball, basketball, handball, cricket, rounders, tennis, badminton, squash, running, jogging, athletics, swimming (either laps or splashing about), gymnastics, workout with gym machines, weight training, aerobics.

Does not include walking or cycling to school.

Bases given are for walking. All other bases vary but are of similar magnitude.

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