Children participating in sport
Source: Scottish Health Survey
- In 2017, 67% of children aged 2-15 had participated in sport in the week prior to interview, similar to 2016 (68%).
- Overall sport participation rates in 2017 were similar for boys and girls (67% and 66% respectively).
- Rates of participation in sports both for boys and girls peaked at the age of 8-10 (76% for boys and 79% for girls) and then declined to 70% among boys and 69% among girls at the age of 11-12. The level of participation in sports among girls then declined by 24 percentage points between the age of 11-12 (69%) and 13-15 (45%) compared to only a one percentage point decline for boys (from 70% to 69%).
- In 2017, the gap in the proportion of children having participated in sport in the week prior to interview between the least and most deprived areas was 30% (82% and 52% respectively).
Figure 10. Proportion of children (2-15) participating in sport, by gender, 1998-2017
Breakdowns by age, gender, SIMD and long-term conditions are possible, but not all are available annually.
Rationale for including child participation in sport:
These data are useful to monitor the proportion of children (aged 2-15 years) participating in any sport.
Factors influencing child participation in sport:
- Access to opportunities to be physically active. This could include leisure facilities and programmes delivered by sports clubs that encourage young people to be active.
- Lack of skills and confidence to take part in sport and physical activity.
Email: Xanthippi Gounari
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