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Sport participation continues to rise

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

The latest figures from the Active People Survey (APS) in England 10 (October 2015-September 2016) reveal that sport participation continues an upward trend, with 15.97 million people (aged 16+) playing sport at least once a week. This is an increase of approximately 230,000 since 12 months ago and 1.9 million since the first APS in 2005/06. A demographic breakdown reveals an increase in the number of women playing sport and getting active with more than 7.2 million women regularly taking part in sport and physical activity. This has narrowed the gender gap, which once stood at over two million to 1.55 million. Going to the gym and keep fit sessions remain popular with exercise classes, eg, spinning, pilates and boxercise continuing to attract large numbers of people. Swimming is still the most popular sport, followed by athletics, cycling and football. Full statistics can be downloaded below:

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Scotland review of Active Travel policy implementation

Last Updated: 12/19/2016

In 2015, the Scottish Government undertook a review of how its policies relating to active travel are implemented across the country. It aimed to understand how policies can deliver high levels of active travel. The report concluded that the Scottish Government’s ambition for increased levels of walking and cycling is recognised by and shared across various policy areas but that there are potential weaknesses in policy delivery. Key findings To improve active travel outcomes, it is recommended that the Scottish Government: improves the evidence base of the benefits of active travel and on what types of investment are most effective to increase rates of walking and cycling undertakes more rigorous monitoring of active travel uptake, by location and socio-demographic group, in order to identify locations and groups for which investment may be particularly worthwhile, and to identify successes where they arise takes a lead, through advocacy and/or specific funding, in promoting active travel in particular target locations and/or for particular target groups expands funding for active travel measures if possible, but particularly seeks to provide longer-term consistency of funding, especially revenue funding.

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Friendship Key To Securing Young Women’s Participation In Sport

Last Updated: 10/27/2015

Research by Street Games has found that friendship has a key role to play to drive sport participation in young women.

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Opportunity to take part in Obesity Research Landscape Review

Last Updated: 2/20/2015

As the Scottish Government propose revising the Obesity Route Map (ORM), NHS Health Scotland in conjunction with the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) are undertaking a landscape review of all the existing, ongoing and planned obesity research that has and / or is being conducted on Scottish populations within the last decade.

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