For the first time more than 15 million people in England are playing sport once a week, every week.
The latest figures from Sport England’s Active People Survey show that 15.28 million people[i] aged 16 and over are playing sport at least once a week, 500,000 more than six months ago and 1.3 million more than in 2005/6 when London won the Olympic bid.1
“This is a strong set of results, with all of the key measures showing participation in sport is increasing,” said Jennie Price, chief executive of Sport England. “As we approach the London Games some of our key sports such as cycling and hockey are already beginning to feel the Olympic effect. I am particularly pleased that there has also been a sharp increase in the number of disabled people who are playing sport every week.”