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Sport in Wales - Statistics & Facts

Wales, as one of the countries in the United Kingdom(UK), contains a particularly distinctive culture, including its own language, customs, politics, holidays, music and sports. In Wales sport plays a prominent role, with rugby union, association football, and outdoor recreation considered the most popular. Sport in Wales is managed by the organization Sport Wales (Chwaraeon Cymru), which distributes governmental resources for the development and promotion of sport and physical activity in Wales.

In 2019, over 49 percent of the Welsh population failed to participate in sport at least once a week. There is a significant age dependent variation to the proportion of the population that participated in sports. Of those ages, 79 percent of those aged 16-24 participated in sports within the previous four weeks, compared to 43 percent and 17 percent of those aged 65-74, and 75 and over, respectively. The frequency of participation also appears to depend on the gender of the respondent, with 54 percent of female respondents participating in sport less than once a week compared to 44 percent of male respondents.

Sports participation can contribute to keeping children and young people in Wales physically active. In 2019, approximately 19 percent of respondents in a nationally representative survey advised that their child spent time outdoors more than once a day, with approximately 76 percent of respondents suggesting that the most recent outdoors activity their child participated in was playing outdoors.

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