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Scotland: share of adults sport participation 2014-2019

An annual household survey by the Scottish government determined that swimming is the most common practiced type of sport in Scotland, with 17 percent of respondents stating that they went swimming in the four weeks prior to being questioned. Next after swimming, keep fit and aerobics as well as multigym and weight training were the most regular sports for Scottish people to participate in.

More sports

Other than fitness and water sports, just like the rest of the United Kingdom (UK), Scottish people enjoy playing football and cycling. Another favorite is golf.

Investment into sports

Overall, a little more than half of people in Scotland participate in any type of sport on a monthly basis. This figure has held steady over the past decade. As reflected in participation preferences, Scotland invests the highest figure in water sports, football and golf, followed by athletics. Only five percent of Scottish people are dissatisfied with their local sports and leisure facilities.

Shares of adults who participated in selected sports in the past four weeks in Scotland from 2014 to 2019

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Release date

September 2020


United Kingdom (Scotland)

Survey time period

2014 to 2019

Number of respondents


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Supplementary notes

* Base in (2014 - 9,800); (2015 - 9,410); (2016 - 9,640); (2017 - 9,810), (2018 - 9,700)

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