Record number now playing sport
Record number of people now playing sport reveals Sport England
More people than ever in this country are now playing sport regularly according to new figures released by Sport England through their Active People Survey.
The latest Active People Survey results, which cover April 2013 to April 2014, show that the number of over-16s playing sport once a week, every week has risen to over 15.6 million.
This marks an increase of 180,000 in the last six months and rise of 1.7 million more than 2005 when London won the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The largest growth has come from young people, with a record 3.9 million 16-25 year-olds playing sport regularly.
This number has bounced back from a dip in figures reported in December 2013 as there has been a rise of 153,000 over the last six months.
Sports driving the increase in this age group include football, netball and rugby union, all of which are showing signs of recovery after earlier falls in the numbers of young people playing their sport.
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