Sports in the United Kingdom (UK) - Statistics & Facts

Sport in the United Kingdom (UK) is managed by the organisation UK Sport, which distributes governmental resources for supporting Olympic and Paralympic athletes, funding participation and improving the quality of various sports throughout the nation. Funding and grants are distributed among a variety of National Governing Bodies (NGAs). These sport associations come up with strategies to improve, maintain and provide sporting opportunities and regulate club memberships in the UK. The sport with the highest amount of Olympic funding received by UK Sport for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020 was rowing, with a sum of roughly 32 million British pounds, followed by athletics, with approximately 27 million British pounds.
Rugby union, golf, football and tennis are among the most popular sports of the general population in the UK. Roughly 2.6 million people in England alone play football on a monthly basis. Overall, approximately 40.7 percent of male adults and roughly 31.7 percent of female adults participate in sports on a weekly basis. Sports participation in the UK breaks down to 70 percent in England, 19 percent in Scotland, 6 percent in Wales and 5 percent in Northern Ireland. The number of people doing sports varies greatly depending on the frequency of participation, as for example 1.5 million people play golf on a weekly basis, yet 3.8 million play annually.

When it comes to viewing sports, television remains the most popular choice. Champions League viewership numbers, as well as sporting events numbers in general show TV to be the predominant medium used to follow sports. Between 2016 and 2019, the Premier League TV broadcasting rights revenue is predicted to amount to approximately 5.1 billion British pounds. When it comes to expenditure, most consumers spend less than 100 British pounds on sports equipment and clothing annually, but roughly 63,500 consumers in the UK spend more than 500 British pounds.

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