Children's competitive sports participation in England 2011-2018

This statistic presents the share of children who participated in competitive sports in England between 2011 and 2018, by school and outside participation. As of 2017/18, 72.1 percent of children had participated in competitive sports in the year prior to survey either in or outside of school. 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 5-15) participating in competitive sports in England from 2011/12 to 2017/18*

All competitive sport in and outside school in the last 12 monthsAll competitive sport in school in the last 12 months
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Sources

Release date

August 2018

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2011/12 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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