Time children spend doing physical activity 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 any physical activity over one week, by gender and household income, in England in 2012. Boys in the lowest quintile spent 9.3 hours on any physical activity compared to girls in the lowest quintile who spent 8.5 hours on any physical activity.

Mean number of hours children spend doing any physical activity 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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