10,000 more people playing sport in Lincolnshire

By NickiBlake on December 17th, 2012 - comments

10,000 more people are playing sport in Lincolnshire, according to the Active People Survey results released last week.

33.7% of adults (aged 16 plus) in Lincolnshire are now taking part in at least one sports session per week. The 1.7% increase from last year’s survey shows a rise of 10,000 people taking part in sport and activity in the last 12 months.

Despite no significant change in most Lincolnshire districts, South Holland has seen a 7.7% increase, North Kesteven has seen a 4.1% increase and South Kesteven has seen a 3.8% increase in participation figures.

Lincolnshire has also seen an increase in the number of people taking part in three sports sessions per week with 21.8% of the population now participating at least three times per week.

Janet Inman, Chief Executive of Active Lincolnshires Partnership, said: “The Active People Survey results demonstrate that more people are taking part in sport and physical activity in Lincolnshire, and that’s a huge achievement for us at Active Lincolnshires Partnership and our partners. We hope that next year we’ll see an even bigger increase with the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Active Lincolnshires Partnership has been working closely with partners to increase and sustain participation in sport and physical activity in Lincolnshire. In 2013, the Partnership will launch a new strategy to build on the legacy of the London 2012 Games to further increase participation in the county.

The Active People Survey is an annual survey of sport and active recreation participation conducted by Sport England. Data is collected from October to October each year and the results are published in December.

Nationally, a total of 15.5 million people aged 16 and over are now playing sport at least once a week – a rise of 750,000 across the year, over two thirds of whom are women.

The survey shows that cycling and athletics are among the fastest growing sports with 200,800 more cyclists and 134,000 more athletes. Judo, hockey and swimming are also enjoying an upsurge in popularity.

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