Number of Welsh adults taking part in sport at record high

The number of people taking part in sport and exercise is at its highest ever level according to new figures. The Active Adults survey found that almost 40 per cent exercised three times a week in 2012, compared with almost 30 per cent in 2008.

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Sport Wales 'keeping it simple' to encourage uptake

Sport Wales chief executive Sarah Powell described the survey results as "very positive and exciting news for sport in Wales."

These increases are taking place right across the age range from 15 through to the over 65s. The figures are increasing at a faster rate than elsewhere and mark a significant upturn in what has been a very static set of figures historically.

These results clearly validate the consistent clear focus that Sport Wales has adopted over the last 10-15 years. We have, through our schools programme, made sure those first vital experiences are positive.

The improvements shown by the survey are largely due to keeping it simple in Wales - investing in foundations, schools and clubs; developing the coaches and volunteers and creating the right experience, the right opportunities and the right environment to enable people to learn to love sport.

– Sarah Powell, Sport Wales chief executive


Sport participation at highest ever level, figures show

Almost 40 per cent of people now participate in sport at least three times a week, according to the Active Adults survey Credit: PA

Adults in Wales are embracing sport more than ever before, according to Sport Wales. Figures published in the Active Adults survey today, show that the number of adults taking part in sport or physical activity three or more times a week has risen from 29 per cent in 2008 to 39 per cent in 2012.

The report shows an increase in people participating in:

  • Swimming - up to 15.7 per cent from 11.4 per cent in 2008

  • Running and jogging - increasing from 6.9 per cent in 2008 to 13.4 per cent in 2012

  • Cycling - up from 7.5 per cent in 2008 to 10.3 per cent in 2012

  • Football - up to 8.9 per cent in 2012, from 6.7 per cent in 2008.

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