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The purpose of this study was to establish the first ever collection of national statistics on children's involvement in sport, concentrating on their participation in sport in the twelve months prior to the survey, which took place in summer 1994. The study also aimed to explore some of the factors which affect children's involvement in sport, particularly that of their school.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Sport within school lessons, P.E. and games or dance at GCSE level, demographic data gathered included the respondents' age (6-16 years), school year (2-11) and gender, school size and type, and number of P.E. staff.

Sport within school lessons, and separately sport outside school; which sports (from a list of 40 choices) respondents participated in, and whether they participated in the sport less or more than 10 days within the year; sports enjoyed most and least in school sports lessons; whether respondents were studying p.e. and games or dance at gcse level (school years 10 and 11 only); whether respondents participated in any extra-curricular sports, and if so, which ones; membership of sports clubs outside school, and which sports covered; any sports participation at other clubs or organisations; how much time spent on sports outside school lessons; participation in sports competitions, and at which level; leisure and other activities done in free time; respondents' views on sport, and respondents' family and sport. demographic data gathered included the respondents' age (6-16 years), school year (2-11) and gender.

England, access to facilities, adolescents, age, associations, athletics, attitudes, ball games, boating, boys' schools, child care, coeducational schools, combative sports, communities, curriculum, cycling, dance, educational administration, educational finance, educational levels, educational personnel, educational visits, electronic games, emotional states, enrolment, equestrian sports, exercise, extracurricular activities, families, family influence, fields of study, fishing (sport), frequency, future, gender, general certificate of secondary education, girls' schools, gymnastics, health, hiking, hobbies, home ownership, homework, households, housework, housing tenure, indoor sports, interpersonal communication, interpersonal relations, leisure time activities, lessons, membership, motivation, motor sports
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Public health
Data Available
Risk behaviours
Data collecting organization (s)
Office of Population Censuses and Surveys
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1993, 1994
Unit of Analysis

Children aged 6-16 years, in school years 2-11, in state and independent schools. However, the childrens' schools and teachers also completed questionnaires to provide supplementary data on school sports. Sample size 5400 (target) 4437 (obtained)

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access