Sport England report increase in South Yorkshire sports participants

sport-england-featuerdThere has been an increase in the number of South Yorkshire people keeping physically active over the last ten years, according to a Sport England report.

The Active People Survey said that since 2006, adult participation in sport within Sheffield for at least thirty minutes a week had increased to 40%, a 7% rise.

In Rotherham, there has also been a small rise to 33% of adult respondents being active for at least thirty minutes.

The number of adults taking part in sport and active recreation also increased in Sheffield and Rotherham.

In South Yorkshire the number of adults taking part in organised sport has fallen slightly over the decade to 28.8%.

Elsewhere in the county the picture was largely unchanged.

Nationally Sport England reported that record numbers of women played sport over the last year.

Over 7.2 million responded to the survey saying they did regular physical activity.

This is 250,000 more than when their ‘This Girl Can’ campaign was launched.

The report also showed that 15.97 million people over the age of 16 were now playing sport.

Founded in 1996, Sport England is a non-departmental government body which works to increase participation in sport.