Sport and social capital

Sport Communities Social issues Australia

The results of the 2010 General Social Survey provide information about various aspects of wellbeing and how these may relate to each other. Participation in sport and physical recreation was included as a social indicator.
The 2010 GSS found that 12.5 million Australians aged 18 years and over participated in sport or physical recreation, representing a participation rate of 74%. Participation rates varied between males and females, with male participation (76%) being slightly higher than female participation (72%).
Participation rates in sport or physical recreation showed a general decline in the older age groups. While the participation rate among young adults aged 18 to 24 years was 80%, the rate was much lower (61%) for Australians aged 65 years and over. The rate of participation in sport or physical recreation differed with the type of household to which people belonged, with people in family households being more likely to participate in sport (75%) compared with those in all other households (70%).

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