Time children spend doing informal sports in England 2012, by gender and income

This statistic displays the mean number of hours children between the age of 2 and 15 spent doing informal sports/exercise/active play weekly, by gender and household income, in England in 2012. In this week, boys from the highest quintile spent 7 hours and girls in the highest quintile spent 5.4 hours doing informal sports/exercise/active play.

Mean number of hours children spend doing informal sports, exercise or active play weekly in England in 2012, by gender and income

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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 bases: n (boys) = 736; n (girls) = 697.

The source provides the following information about the data: Mean and median are based on all participants.

Informal sports/exercise/ active play include: cycling (apart from to and from school), hopscotch, bouncing on trampoline, playing around, e.g.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, swimmming (either laps or splashing about), gymnastics, workout with gym machines, weight training, aerobics.

Does not include walking/cycling to or from school.

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

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