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Children's Participation in Organised Sport 2009

Children's Participation in Organised Sport 2009

The 2009 survey of Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities was conducted throughout Australia as part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS). As part of this report, findings are available on child (5-14 years old) participation in organised sport.

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Children's Participation in Organised Sport 2009

Key findings:

  • An estimated 1.7 million (63%) children participated in at least one organised sport outside of school hours, in the 12 months to April 2009.
  • Participation in organised sport was highest among 9 to 11 years olds at 68% compared with 58% for 5 to 8 year olds and 65% for 12 to 14 year olds.
  • Participation rates were higher for boys across all age groups compared with girls, with the greatest difference being between 12 to 14 year olds (boys 74% compared with girls 55%). (Table 9)
  • An estimated 37% (1.0 million) of children did not participate in any organised sport, 33% participated in one sport and 30% (807,100) played two or more organised sports during the 12 month period. (Table 10)
  • Participation rates in organised sports varied between the states and territories, ranging from 58% in Tasmania to 71% in the Australian Capital Territory.

Year published: 2009

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