England Report Card 2016_Sport

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2014: C-    2016: D
Organised Sport
% of children participating in organised sport or physical activity programmes outside of school time
A: 81%-100%     B: 61%-80%     C: 41%-60%     D: 21%-40%     F: 0%-20%     INC: Incomplete
Sport outside of school
of 5-15s do organised sport outside of school [2]
of 5-15s were members of a sports club outside of school [2]
of 5-15s played for a sports team outside of school [2]
These figures better represent organised sport performed outside of school, and they therefore fit the benchmark. The majority of the data fall within the D grade boundary, thus a D was awarded to this indicator.
Girls are less likely to do organised sport than boys.[2,3] There also appears to be a socio-economic divide; lower participation rates in sport are more common among children from deprived areas.[3]
Members of out-of-school sports clubs by sex, among 11-16 year olds [3]:
Key Findings
of 14-15 year olds play sport at least once a week [1]
of 5-15 year olds did sport in the last week [2]
of 11-15 year olds did sport in the last week [2]
General Sport
Members of a sports team outside of school by sex, among 5-15 year olds [2]:
The above data likely includes sport during school time. Thus, these figures were not used for grading purposes. However, it is promising to see that a fairly high proportion of children and young people are engaging in sport in general.
Initiatives which provide sporting opportunities that are available to all children and young people regardless of their gender or socio-economic background are important. Opportunities to participate in non-traditional sports such as ultimate frisbee, martial arts, handball, orienteering, and futsal etc. could be considered by schools and community groups to promote increased participation in sport. After school sports clubs that are tailored towards specific groups of children who may disengage from sport are necessary. They should provide fun and enjoyable experiences that allow for social interaction and opportunities to improve.
[1] Sport England. Active People Survey 10Q2: Once a week participation in sport (1 x 30 minutes moderate intensity). 2016. [2] Department for Culture Media and Sport. Taking Part 2014/15 Annual Child Report. London, UK: DCMS, 2015. [3] Future Foundation. The Class of 2035. Promoting a brighter and more active future for the youth of tomorrow. 2015.