According to the latest Sport England survey, the second half of 2015/2016 saw a rise in the percent of over 16s who took part in 30 minutes of moderate intensity sport (in the month the survey took place). However, overall the percent of people taking part more frequently fell.
Whilst participation in regular sport may have fallen slightly, the overall trend since 2005 has been an increase in the percent of people taking part in 3 moderate intensity sport sessions per week. This stat means an increase of more than 1.4 million people frequently playing sport.
With this encouraging news for sport participation over the last 10 years, 2017 could be set for more improvement.
Technology is becoming a big part of the push for participation in sport. CoursePro is now being seen as the new way for Sports Providers to manage their courses. The software, which is used by more than 1000 sports clubs worldwide is revolutionising sports courses with its easy to use interface. The product enables improved course co-ordination, administration, customer interaction and player engagement and is the overall system that highly improves the way courses and lessons are run.
Clubs are seeing CoursePro as the modern way to improve retention and participation, and with its HomePortal site, which allows players to track their progress and achievements, more and more people are looking to spend more and more time improving their achievements in sport.
More information on participation statistics is available here