Young children's (5-10) sports participation in England 2018, by activity

This statistic presents the share of children aged 5 to 10 who recently participated in sports in England by activity. As per the survey conducted between April 2016 and March 2018, around 31.4 percent of children had participated in a football game in the last 4 weeks. Further information about sports in the United Kingdom can also be found in the Dossier: Sport in England - Public funding and participation.

Share of children aged 5 to 10 participating in sports in the past 4 weeks in England in 2017/18, by activity*

Share of respondents
Swimming, diving or lifesaving 49.5%
Football (include five-a-side) 31.4%
Cycling or riding a bike 26.5%
Walking or hiking 22.4%
Gym, gymnastics, trampolining or climbing frame 19.8%
Martial arts - Judo, Karate, Taekwando and other Martial Arts 9.7%
Tenpin bowling 8.1%
Tennis 7.8%
Rugby 5.5%
Roller skating/blading or skate boarding 5.4%
Cricket 5.3%
Cross country, jogging or road running 4.5%
Golf, putting, pitch and putt 4.2%
Dodgeball 3.8%
Rounders 3.7%
Aerobics, keep fit 3.5%
Athletics, track and field events, running races or jumping 3.4%
Ice skating 3.2%
Netball 3%
Table tennis 3%
Horse riding or pony trekking 2.9%
Badminton 2.3%
Basketball 2.2%
Angling or fishing 1.9%
Hockey 1.7%
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Release date

August 2018


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

April 2017 to March 2018

Number of respondents

1,580 respondents

Age group

5-10 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

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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