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Sport volunteering on the rise 11/12/08
 
The number of adults in England who regularly volunteer in sport has risen by more than 120,000 over the past two years, according to new research.

More than two million people aged 16 and over are now committing at least one hour a week to supporting sport in their community – equivalent to a full-time workforce of approximately 85,000 employees.

Sport England is working with national governing bodies of sport to increase the number and quality of volunteers in grassroots sport.

The results of the Active People Survey 2 show that the number of men regularly volunteering in sport has risen by over 91,000 to 1.3 million, while over 737,000 women are now volunteering for an hour a week.

Nearly 480,000 people between the ages of 35 and 44 are regularly giving their time to sport -- a significant increase over the past two years. Those aged 65 and over are also volunteering more.

Dr Justin Davis Smith, Chief Executive of Volunteering England said: “It’s fantastic news to hear that the number of people volunteering in sport has increased so significantly since the last Active People Survey.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of sport in this country. From coaches and referees to fundraisers and club administrators, these are the people who are helping keep sport healthy in our communities."

The growth in volunteering over the past two years has been matched by an increase of more than half a million in the number of adults in England who regularly play sport.

More than 6.8 million people aged 16 and over are now taking part in sport at least three times a week, for a minimum of 30 minutes, at moderate intensity.

This figure contributes to a total of 11.73 million people choosing to participate in physical activity.

It also provides the baseline for Sport England to measure our target of getting one million people playing more sport - as part of the Government's drive to get two million people more active by 2012..

 
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