More adults in Wales are participating in Sport than ever before. That's the finding of the National Active Adults survey. It shows 40 per cent of adults in Wales now take part in sport at least three times a week. Sarah Hibbard reports.
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.
– Sarah Powell, Sport Wales chief executive
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.
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.