Hockey, netball and gymnastics help grow the female participation base
Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:15
The growth in participation for hockey, netball and gymnastics has boosted the number of women taking part in sport, narrowing the gender gap in the process.
Around 7.21m women now take part in regular physical activity, bringing the number participating closer to their male counter parts (8.76m).
While the growth has coincided with Sport England's This Girl Can campaign, with 250,000 more taking part since it began in 2014, the quango's latest Active People Survey showed gains for a number of female-skewing sports.
Over the last six months, gymnastics added 13,500 participants to grow its base to 65,100, while hockey increased by 4,500 to 92,700. Netball numbers also surged by 25,400 over that period to 180,200.
Although Sport England chief executive Jennie Price admitted that the former two had benefited from a Olympic bounce following excellent showings at Rio 2016, she told Sports Management that the governing bodies overseeing the sports had done a "really good job over the last three or four years" to attract and retain participants.
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