Participation in physical activities among children in England 2012, by gender

This statistic displays the participation of children in selected physical activities over the course of one week, by gender in England in 2012. In 2012, 38 percent of girls and 48 percent of boys participated in formal sports or activities.

Share of children participating in selected physical activities over one week in England in 2012, by gender

Informal sports/ exercise/ active playWalkingFormal sports/ activities
Boys85%52%48%
Girls85%54%38%
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Source

Release date

December 2013

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

January to December 2012

Number of respondents

1,702*

Age group

2-15 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Weighted bases: n (boys) = 861; n (girls) = 841.

The source provides the following information about the data:
- Walking does not include walking to or from schoool, which is reported separately.

- Informal sports/exercise/active play include: cycling, hopscotch, bouncing on trampoline, playing around, e.g. kicking a ball around, catch, hide and seek, skating, skateboarding, using a scooter, dancing, skipping rope, vacuuming, cleaning car, gardening, etc. Cycling does not include cycling to or from school, which is reported separately.

- Formal sports/activities include: football, rugby, hockey, lacrosse, netball, basketball, handball, cricket, rounders, tennis, badminton, squash, running, jogging, athletics, swimming (either laps or splashing about), gymnastics, workout with gym machines, weight training, aerobics.

Bases given are for walking. All other bases vary but are of similar magnitude.

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