England’s gold medal success in netball at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, has increased interest and participation in the sport. The latest Active Lives Adult Survey reveals that 319,400 adults now play netball fortnightly.
The Active Lives Adult Survey is conducted by Sport England. It provides the most comprehensive snapshot of activity levels among adults aged 16 and over in England. It also explores some of the wider benefits of sport and physical activity, such as mental wellbeing.
Whilst the overall number of people participating in team sports has not increased in the last year, netball has bucked the trend and seen a growth. 50,200 more people took part from May 2018 – May 2019 compared to the year prior.
The latest Active Lives Adult Survey has also recorded the highest ever levels of activity, with one million more people physically active than when the survey began. This takes the total number of active people (those doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week) up to 28.6 million.
The gender gap in those participating in sport and physical activity remains, with men more active than women, but the gap is narrowing. There has been a growth of 254,000 more active women in the last 12 months, plus 142,000 fewer inactive women over the last 12 months.
There has also been a significant increase in those aged 55-74 playing netball on a fortnightly basis, despite the Active Live Adult Survey showing that 27% of people in this age category are inactive.