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Sports: Females

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the percentage of girls and women who regularly participate in sport and physical activity. (205887)

My Department commissions, in partnership with several of its NDPBs, the Taking Part survey which is a continuous household survey providing national data on participation in culture, leisure and sport by adults aged 16 and over. The latest available data are from July 2006 to July 2007.

Taking Part data show that 46 per cent. of women had participated in an active sport at least once during the previous four weeks prior to completing the survey. It also shows that 18 per cent. of women had participated in moderate intensity level sport for at least 30 minutes on at least three separate days during the week prior to completing the survey. Information about the definitions can be found in “Progress report on PSA3: Final estimates from year two” at:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/Reference_library/Publications/archive_2007/takingpart_estyr2.htm

A child survey was appended to the main survey from January 2006 and, in households containing at least one child aged 11 to 15, an interview was sought with a randomly selected child. Data from the first year of the child survey show that 92 per cent. of girls aged 11 to 15 had participated in an active sport during the previous four weeks prior to completing the survey, and 82 per cent. of girls had participated in this way outside school lessons.

Almost two-thirds of girls had participated in an active sport outside school lessons in the week prior to completing the survey (63 per cent.).