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Sports: Public Participation

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which types of activity are included in his Department’s target of getting two million people more active ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (273292)

There is a cross-departmental commitment to get 2 million more people more active, with my Department, through Sport England, primarily responsible for getting 1 million more people playing more sport as part of this. Activities are included within this 1 million target on the basis that they are recognised as sports by the Home Country Sports Councils, and that each can be performed at least at moderate intensity. The following list gives details of these activities and their eligibility:

Equestrian

Horse riding

Horse riding—dressage

Horse riding—pony trekking

Horse riding—show jumping

Horse riding—three day eventing

Harness racing1

Trotting1

Polo

Climbing/mountaineering

Climbing—ice

Climbing—indoor/wall climbing

Climbing—rock/rock climbing

Climbing—rope

Climbing—solo

Climbing—sport

Abseiling1

Mountaineering

Mountaineering—high altitude

Bouldering1

Caving/pot holing1

Hockey

Hockey—field

Hockey—ice

Hockey—roller

Hockey—street

Sailing

Sailing (cruising or racing)— catamaran and multihull

Sailing (cruising or racing)—dinghy

Sailing (cruising or racing)—ice

Sailing (cruising or racing)—keelboat

Sailing (cruising or racing)—other

Yachting—land1

Yachting (cruising or racing)—ice

Yachting (cruising or racing)—inshore/coastal

Yachting (cruising or racing)—ocean

Yachting (cruising or racing)—offshore

Yachting (cruising or racing)—other

Windsurfing or boardsailing

Jet ski-ing/aquabike/personal water craft3

Running and jogging

Running—cross country/beach/fell running

Running—road

Running—track

Running—ultra marathon

Jogging

Martial Arts

Judo

Ju-jitsu

Kabaddi1

Karate

Martial arts

Martial arts—Chinese

Taekwondo

Tai Chi

Tang Soo Do

Aikaido

Kendo

Self defence

Swimming/diving

Swimming—deep water

Swimming—open water

Swimming/diving (indoors)

Swimming/diving (outdoors)

Diving—deep water/free3

Athletics

Athletics—field

Athletics—track

Canoeing/kayaking

Kayaking1

Kayaking—whitewater1

Canoe polo1

Canoeing1

Gym/fitness activities

Gym

Aerobics/step aerobics

Body attack

Body balance

Body building

Body combat/cardio kick

Body jam

Body pump

Body step

Body Vive

Exercise bike/exercise machine/spinning class

Skipping

Boxercise

Conditioning activities/circuit training/assault course/stretching/toning

Cross training

Dance exercise

Health and fitness

Step machine/Air walker/airwalk/airwalker

Keepfit/keep fit/sit ups

Yoga2

Pilates2

Weight training

Aquafit/Aquacise/Aqua aerobics/aqua aerobics/aqua fit/water aerobics1

Walking

Walking—cliff1

Walking—gorge1

Walking—hill walking1

Walking/power walking1

Rambling1

Hill trekking1

Snowsports

Ski flying

Skiing

Skiing—barefoot snow

Skiing—barefoot water

Skiing—extreme

Skiing—free

Skiing—grass or dry ski slope

Skiing—mono

Skiing-parachute

Skiing—ribbing

Skiing—speed

Snowboarding

Telemark

Cycling

Recreational Cycling3

Cycling3

Cyclo-cross3

Mountain biking3

BMX3

Bicycle polo

Football

Football/soccer (include 5 and 6-a-side and 11-a-side) (indoors)

Football/soccer (include 5 and 6-a-side and 11-a-side) (outdoors)

Futsal1

Racquet sports

Squash

Racketball

Badminton

Tennis/real tennis/short tennis

Rugby

Rugby League

Rugby Union

Tag rugby

Touch rugby

Wrestling

Wrestling—Cumberland1

Wrestling—freestyle/sumo wrestling1

Wrestling—Greco Roman1

Wrestling— Olympic1

Gaelic sports

Gaelic football

Gaelic sports

Hurling

Irish handball

Curling

Wheelchair sports

Wheelchair sports—archery1

Wheelchair sports—basketball1

Wheelchair sports—rugby1

Wheelchair sports—table tennis1

Wheelchair sports—tennis1

Motorsports

Motorcycling—motorcross

Motorcycling—off road

Motorcycling—trail riding

Motor racing/banger racing

Motor sprints

Motorcycling—trials riding

Motorcycling—enduro

Motorcycling—super moto

Motorcycling—track racing

Motorcycling—drag/sprint

Motorcycling—rallying

Motorcycling—sidecar racing

Rally Cross

Rallying

Road racing (motors)

Trials racing

Karting

Go Karting

Auto Cross

Motorcycling—speedway

Drag racing

Autotests

Hill Climb

Air sports

Sky diving

Soaring1

Parachuting1

Paragliding1

Gliding1

Hang-gliding1

Gymnastics

Gymnastics

Trampolining/trampoline1

Baseball/softball

Softball

Baseball

Other aquatic sports

Sub aqua/SCUBA diving1

Snorkelling1

Hockey—underwater

Octopush1

Water polo1

Other team sports/activities

American football

Australian Rules

Football1

Basketball

Bowls3

Camogie

Cricket

Dodgeball1

Fives—rugby1

Netball

Rounders

Stoolball

Ultimate Frisbee1

Volleyball

Floorball1

Polocrosse1

Tug of war1

Handball1

Korfball1

Lacrosse

Other sports

Angling1

Archery2

Arm wrestling1

Baton twirling

Biathlon

Body boarding1

Bobsleigh1

Boccia1

Boxing

Cheerleading

Croquet2

Dragon boat racing1

Fencing

Fives—Eton1

Frisby/Frisbee1

Golf/pitch and putt/putting

High wire1

Highland Games1

Hovering1

Ice skating

Kite surfing/kite boarding1

Life saving

Luge1

Luge—street1

Medau1

Mine exploration1

Modern pentathlon1

Orienteering

Powerboat racing1

Powerlifting

Rafting/white water rafting1

Roller blading/roller skating1

Rowing

Sea fishing1

Skateboarding

Skating—in-line/inline skating

Sombo

Surfing/boardsurfing/board surfing1

Surf life saving

Sportsboats1

Table tennis1

Tobogganing/sledging/sledding1

Triathlon

Wake boarding/wakeboarding1

Waterskiing

Weightlifting

1 Respondents are asked about the intensity they did the activity at and only included if at least moderate intensity. All other sports on the list above are automatically classified as at least moderate intensity.

2 Included in the ‘1 million’ indicator—for people aged 65 and over

3 To contribute to the ‘1 million’ indicator cycling activity must be undertaken for at least once a week, 30 minutes, moderate intensity

Examples of activities that will contribute to the wider, cross-Government target to get 2 million people more active are outlined in Be Active Be Healthy on the Department of Health website:

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_094358