Sport figures reveal an extra 340,000 people in England getting active.
New figures from Sport England’s Active People Survey show that 15.83 million people over the age of 16 played sport in the last year.
That’s a return to the level seen after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This equates to 1.75 million more than when London won the right to host the Games.
While 81,900 more men are playing sport, the overall increase is largely because more women are getting active, accounting for over 75% of the increase. The gender gap in sport has therefore been reduced slightly to 1.6 million.
Keep fit and going to the gym remain hugely popular, with the number of people doing them every week breaking the seven million mark for the first time. Exercise classes, like spinning and boxercise, continue to attract large numbers of people, especially women.
Team sports are also becoming increasingly popular:
- Cricket has seen an increase of 43,500
- Rugby union is up by 23,000
- Netball is played by 13,100 more people
The boom in sports participation looks like it is set to continue, with 138,100 more people running regularly in the last 12 months and a remarkable one million more people running compared to 10 years ago.