Sport participation in Australian Kids

Some interesting statistics on youth sport participation rates in Australia, but with still around 40% of kids under 15 still not active outside school hours work needs to be done.

In the 12 months to April 2012, of the 2.8 million children aged 5 to 14 years, 1.7 million (60%) participated in at least one organised sport outside of school hours.

Approximately two thirds (66%) of all children aged between 9 and 11 years participated in organised sport, higher than the participation rates of those aged 5 to 8 years and 12 to 14 years (56% and 60% respectively).

More males (949,000) participated than females (727,000). Participation was higher for children born in Australia (61%) compared with those born overseas (52%) and higher for children in couple families (64%) compared with those living in one-parent families (48%).

Participation rates varied between the states and territories, with the highest participation rate in the Australian Capital Territory (73%).

The most popular sport for males was outdoor soccer, with 309,700 participants and a participation rate of 22%. Nineteen per cent of all females (256,900) participated in swimming and diving, the most popular sport for this group, followed by netball (220,400 females or 16%).

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Information from: Australian Bureau of Statistics.