Women lead upsurge in sport participation in England

An extra 340,000 people in England are now participating in sport, according to figures from Sport England’s recent Active People Survey.

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A total of 15.83 million people over the age of 16 played sport in England last year, the highest level since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Women play a big part in the increased participation figures, accounting for more than 75 per cent (258,100) of the extra people now involved in sport. While more men still participate in sport, the gender gap has now reduced significantly to 1.6 million.

Keeping fit and going to the gym remain the most popular sporting activities, with over seven million people doing this every week.

Running is an area of significant improvement, with an incredible one million more people running regularly last year, compared to 10 years ago, and an increase of 138,100 on the previous year.

Team sports have also seen steady increases, including cricket (43,500), rugby union (23,000) and netball (13,100).

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