Children participating in cricket in England 2010-2018

The sport of cricket is on a slight decline in popularity among children in England. Especially among those aged 11 to 15, whereas in 2013 a total of 22.5 percent played on a monthly basis, in 2018 it was only 12.6 percent. The most popular sport among 11 to 15 year olds was football with 44.7 percent playing at least monthly. Among 5 to 10 year olds it was swimming, then followed by football.


Adults also play less cricket

   Cricket is also played less by adults. In 2016, approximately 364,600 adults played cricket at least twice in the last month, whereas in 2018 it shrunk to roughly 291,900 cricket players. The most popular sport among adults in England is running, followed by fitness class and gym session.

Sport participation

   When it comes to general sport participation in England, boys tend to be slightly more active than girls in children and of those kids who love playing sports, 35 percent tend to be active across the week while 18.8 percent tend to be active every day.

Share of children participating in cricket in the last 4 weeks in England from 2010 to 2018

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Sources

Release date

August 2018

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2010/11 to 2017/18*

Number of respondents

1,580*

Age group

5-15 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Previous base:
2017/18: 5-10 year olds n= 909; 10-15 year olds n = 671;
2016/17: 5-10 year olds: n= 967; 10-15 year olds n=638.
2015/16: 5-10 year olds: n= 1,096; 10-15 year olds n=684.
2015/14: 5-10 year olds: n= 1,104; 10-15 year olds n=721.
2013/14: 5-10 year olds: n= 1,233; 10-15 year olds n=786.
2012/13: 5-10 year olds: n= 1,136; 10-15 year olds n=801.
2011/12: 5-10 year olds: n= 1,040; 10-15 year olds n=771.
2010/11: 5-10 year olds: n= 1,590; 10-15 year olds n=1,116.

Survey periods run April to March.

The source provides the following additional information: "Data for 5-10 year olds relates to out of school activities only. Data for 11-15 years olds relates to activities undertaken both in and out of school."

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