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

The number of people playing hockey in England amounted to 142,600 monthly participants in 2016. The share of children playing hockey has decreased from 17.7 percent of 11 to 15-year-olds in 2013 to 13.8 percent in 2016. Of English hockey players, 65.5 percent took part in a competition in the previous year. In Wales 18 percent of male and 13.4 percent of female primary school students participated in a form of hockey in 2015. When taking a look at secondary school students in the same year, male participation dropped to 6.8 percent and female participation increased to 20.1 percent.

In Northern Ireland, hockey is the sixth most funded sport, right after rugby union. In England, the national governing body for the sport, England Hockey, received a total of approximately 12 million British pounds of public funding from Sport England, of which most went into improving participation. Public funding for Olympic hockey has increased in previous funding cycles, totaling 15 million British pounds for the Olympic Games in London in 2012, roughly 16.1 million British pounds for the Games in Rio in 2016 and now approximately 18 million British pounds for the Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Slightly more than half of hockey participants in England are members of a club. Clubs are also organized by governing bodies such as England Hockey, which generates an annual income of roughly 11.4 million British pounds. The Scottish Hockey Union, which governs field hockey in Scotland, generates an annual income of approximately 1.5 million British pounds and Hockey Wales, which governs the sport in Wales, shows an annual revenue of 1.2 million British pounds.

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