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Fewer People Heading to the Pool as Exercise Figures Decline

Fewer People Heading to the Pool as Exercise Figures Decline
11 February 2015 977 Views No comments

There has been a decline in the number of people swimming once a week, according to Sport England's Active People Survey. The study found that the number of people in England who swam at least once a week in 2014 fell by almost a quarter of a million compared to 2013.

It was found that between October 2013 and October 2014, 245,000 fewer people swam for at least 30 minutes a week. This included children, which is worrying considering other recent research that found many 11-year-olds are unable to swim 25 metres unaided.

Despite this decline, swimming remained the most popular sport activity in England, with 2.6 million people heading to the pool at least once a week. This shows that swimming is still a worthwhile form of exercise and that there are plenty of opportunities in England for both children and adults to swim regularly.

It isn't just swimming that saw a fall in weekly activity, though – the survey found that overall 125,100 fewer people engaged in some form of sport at least once a week in 2014 compared to 2013.

Sport England's chief executive Jennie Price said: "I am disappointed with these figures, and I'm very concerned about the drop in swimming, which dominates the overall picture.

"If swimming's figures had been flat, we'd be looking at an overall increase in participation. I am encouraged by the fact that the current leadership at the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association), and the wider swimming industry, now recognise there's an issue and want to work together to fix it. It needs to get on with it."

It was also found that women are less likely to engage in sporting activities on a weekly basis. Around 1.75 fewer women than men get active once a week. However, it seems there is room for improvement, especially seeing as more than 70 per cent of women aged between 14 and 40 want to get more active.

If you want your children to get moving more, it is important to lead by example. Playing sports or swimming with them regularly can help to reinforce the importance of staying active, while also benefiting their health. If children see you engaging in exercise, there is a chance that they will be more willing to do so.

You can also look at what groups or lessons are available in your area to encourage your little ones to try different things, while also teaching them how to engage in sport correctly.