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Exercise: Young People

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of children aged (a) five to 11, (b) 12 to 16 and (c) 17 to 18 years who have undertaken 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each day in each of the last three years. (252811)

The Taking Part survey provides data on participation in culture and sport by adults aged 16 and over. In those households containing at least one child aged 11 to 15, an interview is also conducted with a randomly selected child.

Child respondents are asked to indicate on how many days in the past week they have participated in at least an hour of active sport outside school lessons. Table 1 shows the percentage of children who had participated in the past week. The child survey began in January 2006 and data are therefore available for 2006 and 2007 only.

Table 1: Participation in active sport for at least an hour during the past week, by children aged 11 to 15

Percentage

Days

2006

2007

0

32

30

1

17

17

2

15

14

3

10

11

4

8

8

5

5

6

6

3

4

7

10

10

Note that these figures are survey estimates which each sit within a range. The information has been extracted from the report published in October 2008, Headline findings from the child survey 2007. The full report and accompanying data workbooks are available at:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/publications/5481.aspx

Adult respondents to Taking Part are asked on how many days in the past week they have participated in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity level sport. Table 2 shows the percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds who had participated in the past week.

Table 2: Participation in moderate intensity sport for at least 30 minutes during the past week, by adults aged 16 to 18

Percentage

Days

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

0

38

40

39

1

13

16

16

2

12

9

9

3

9

9

10

4

6

4

6

5

6

6

5

6

3

4

3

7

13

11

12

Note that these figures are survey estimates which each sit within a range. For further information about the methodology and a full definition of moderate intensity sport, see the final assessment of SR04 PSA3 at:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/publications/5653.aspx