Participation in Sport in Cornwall on the rise!
The latest Active People Survey results from Sport England for the period October 2014 to March 2015 were published this month and it was positive news for Cornwall.
Statistics show an increase to 36.1% in once a week participation in Cornwall with the South West as a whole recording 36.2%, the third most active region of the country behind London (38.1%) and South East (36.9%).
However, the change during the six month period from October 2014 to March 2015, shows that 15.5 million people did some kind of sport once a week, every week - 222,000 fewer than six months ago.
Swimming, the country's most popular sport with over 2.5 million people taking part weekly, has seen 144,200 fewer people taking to the pool in the last six months and 390,700 in the last year. The long term trend is also very concerning, with 729,000 people stopping swimming in the last decade.
Sport England's Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: "These are really disappointing results. This is especially the case for swimming, where a serious, long-term decline needs to be reversed.
"Whilst we've seen the number of people playing sport increase by 1.4 million since we won the right to host the London 2012 Games, these results highlight that our current investment model has delivered all the growth available in the traditional markets for sport.
"We have already started working with a wider range of partners and will be looking further at with whom we work, and what we invest in, to get more people playing sport. For example in basketball, we are now working closely with a number of charities and these results show that basketball is on the rise."
It's good news however for:
•Running - up 63,000 to 2.1 million a week - following a popular trend towards informal running like parkrun and Color Run
•Tennis - up 38,200 to 422,400 a week - following a significant improvement in the way the Lawn Tennis Association understands its customers and makes tennis available when and where people want
•Basketball - up 21,800 to 152,900 a week - especially among young people in school and further education.