Participation in organised sporting activities is important for children’s social development as well as their motor coordination skills, teamwork and physical fitness.
In recent years, increasing awareness of the incidence of childhood obesity has particularly highlighted the desirability, on health grounds, for children to participate in regular physical activity.
The Research Paper: Children's Participation in Organised Sporting Activity, October 2009 (cat. no 1351.0.55.028) combines data from three surveys on Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, April 2009 (cat. no 4901.0) – conducted in 2000, 2003 and 2006 – to examine children’s participation in organised sporting activities.
The paper examines average rates of participation for children between the ages of six and fourteen years, and identifies a number of sociodemographic factors which influence the propensity for particular groups of children to participate.
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