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Sports: Elderly

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people over the age of 60 involved in regular sports participation. (156683)

Data from the DCMS 2005-06 ‘Taking Part’ survey showed that:

10.4 per cent. of people aged 60 and over engaged in at least 30 minutes of moderate level intensity sport, at least three times a week.

29.7 per cent. of people aged 60 and over had participated in an active sport at least once in the last four weeks.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the top 10 sports are in terms of active participation by the over 60s. (156684)

Data from the DCMS 2005-06 ‘Taking Part’ survey showed that the top 10 sports in terms of participation by people aged 60 and over are:

1. Swimming or diving (indoors)

2. Golf, pitch and putt, putting

3. Health, fitness, gym or conditioning activities

4. Swimming or diving (outdoors)

5. Cycling for health, recreation, training, competition

6. Keep fit, aerobics

7. Snooker, pool, billiards (excluding bar billiards)

8. Bowls (lawn) (outdoors)

9. Bowls (indoors)

10. Ten-pin bowling