Christopher Kreuzer wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:50 pm
Golf participation is declining, but is still higher than basketball (unless you are considering team sports only).
https://www.nationalclubgolfer.com/news ... tatistics/
"Considering golf data from Statista, the statistics portal regarding golf participation in England from 2007 to 2016, the conclusion is that, as of September 2016, approximately 1.13 million adults in England play golf on a monthly basis."
https://www.statista.com/statistics/899 ... pation-uk/
"In an annual survey by Sport England, the the sports governing body for England, about the number of people who play tennis, it was found that as of 2018, roughly 840 thousand people play tennis at least twice a month"
You have to pay $365 for this:
https://www.statista.com/study/35694/sp ... a-dossier/
Swimming is also popular, but obviously most people swim as a leisure activity (arguably golf is a leisure activity as well). Ditto tennis. I suspect what people are after here is those taking part in organised competitions with local leagues feeding into a national structure.
Yes, I was clear to say basketball might well be the #2 team sport.
If you're including sport as a leisure activity, I suspect cycling, running and swimming might be high up too, as opposed to organised meets. Charity runs, cycling events and so on seem very popular.
Actually a lot of sports have widened their definition of "participation" to beyond just traditional recreational leagues. For example, many clubs have bustling junior training nights, but they're primary school children and so don't really play proper cricket; they'll play Kwik cricket, or even just spend time throwing and catching a ball, or hitting a ball with a bat for fun. Are they participating in cricket? Then you start to exist in a rather philosophical world, what constitutes "participation", and what doesn't?
Chess has a similar issue to some extent, which of these do we count in participation numbers in England:
- Those playing league chess in an evening for a club
- Those playing in individual tournaments
- Those who are only playing because they've been paid to play
- Those who are only playing graded chess
- Those who are ECF members
- Those who play chess at school but not competitively
- Those who play the school round of the UK Chess Challenge and that's it
- Those who get regular chess tuition, online or at a junior club/school
- Those who play against family members occasionally with a pound-shop chess set that forms part of a suite of board games in their possession
- Those who play chess online (but live in England)
It's not easy to get a constant definition, so the figures we have both found cannot be considered completely definitive because it depends which categories above you count.