Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Swimming Most Popular Sport for Australian children: Football Tops for Boys

Swimming Most Popular Sport for Australian children: Football Tops for Boys
November 3, 2009

Swimming is still the most popular sport among Australian children, followed by football (soccer) and Aussie Rules, according to a survey of children's cultural and leisure activities released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Almost one in five children (19%) between 5 and 14 years old participated in swimming, while 13% played outdoor soccer and 9% played Australian Rules football outside of school hours.

The participation rates for swimming and outdoor football have not changed significantly since 2006, while participation in Australian Rules football has increased from 8% to 9%.

The ABS figures considered the activities of 2.7 million children aged five to 14 in Australia and found that nearly two-thirds of all children participated in organised sport, with more boys (70%) playing sports than girls (56%).

On average, Children participated in organised sport 70 times during the year to April 2009.

Breaking down activities by gender, soccer/football, with a 20% participation rate, was the most popular sport for boys, while swimming had a participation rate of 17% and 16% of the boys played Aussie Rules.

Football Federation Australia spokeswoman Bonita Mersiades said the statistics reveal that the game has a bright future in the country, stating âthe ABS data shows just how much Aussie children love football and how prominent the sport is in Australian culture."

Meanwhile, the statistics also found that swimming was the most popular sport for girls, with a participation rate of 20%.

The figures also found that 17% of girls played netball and 8% did gymnastics.

One-third of children (34%) participated in at least one cultural activity such as playing musical instruments, dancing, singing or drama. The most popular activity for boys was playing a musical instrument (19%), while for girls it was dancing (26%).

Just over half of all children had visited a public library in the previous year, with children between 5 and 8 years old more likely to visit a museum or art gallery than older children.

While TV, DVDs or videos were watched by 97% of all children, other screen based activities such as using a computer and playing games on games consoles and mobile phones were also very popular (83%).

Of the 2.2 million children who had accessed the Internet in the previous 12 months, more used the Internet at home (92%) than at school (86%), with the most popular Internet activities at home being educational activities and online gaming.

Almost one third (31%) of children had a mobile phone, used them mostly for contacting family rather than friends.

Further details can be found in Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 4901.0), available for free download from the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4901.0

25th September 2009 - CHILDHOOD OBESITY RATE CONTINUES TO RISE

4th May 2009 - FFA BLUEPRINT FOR FOOTBALL SUCCESS


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

SLE WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues

 
 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Centaman Entrance Control

Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…

read more

Access / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp)

SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Marketing / Retail

 
 

TECHNOGYM AUSTRALIA

Technogym is the leading company in the Wellness and Fitness field all over the world. With 2,200 employees, 14 branches in Europe, U.S., South America, Asia  and Australia, Technogym exports its…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

AlphaFit

AUSTRALIAN MADE. BUILT NOT BOUGHT. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

EventPro

At EventPro Software, we are proudly different from our industry competitors. We have a development-driven culture and 20 years’ experience in event, venue, and catering management software,…

read more

Events / Hospitality / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business