Sport Bounces Back

Figures published today show that 15.5 million people are playing sport once a week, every week, an increase of over 1.5m since London won the bid to host the Games. We are the first host nation to have increased the number of people playing sport off the back of the Games and today we see the continuing positive impact of London 2012 on people’s sporting habits.

When figures were published in June they showed a small dip reflecting the exceptionally cold winter when icy roads and waterlogged pitches kept people at home. Today’s figures indicate that once the snow had cleared people got back on their bikes and put on their trainers. This shows that more people are continuing to play sport and the growth we saw in 2012 was not just a post-Olympic bounce.

The figures also reveal a record 1.67 million disabled people now playing sport each week, up by 62,000 over the last year. This is testament both to the impact of the Paralympic Games and Sport England’s increased investment in the grassroots.

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