Children participating in martial arts in England 2010-2018

Share of children participating in martial arts in the last 4 weeks in England from 2010/11 to 2017/18

by David Lange, last edited Nov 5, 2019
Children participating in martial arts in England 2010-2018 The share of children participating in martial arts is increasing. Among children aged 5 to 10, it ranks at place six for most popular sports participated in on a monthly basis. As for adults, participation also increased to approximately 232 thousand people, who participate in martial arts at least twice per month as of 2018.

Football and swimming most popular among children

Half of 5 to 10 year old children go swimming and about a third play football on a monthly basis. As they grow older, this shifts to roughly half of 11 to 15 year olds playing football and close to third swimming. In this age group they also get more involved in a variety of other sports, such as gymnastics, basketball, dodgeball, rounders, rugby and plenty other types.

Competitive sports

As of 2018, approximately 72.1 percent of 5 to 15 year olds have participated in a competitive sport in or outside of school. The setting in which 11 to 15 year old children take part in competitive sports is most prominently in physical education or games lessons, followed by organized groups at school, a sports team or as a member of a sports club.
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Share of children participating in martial arts in the last 4 weeks in England from 2010/11 to 2017/18

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