New figures have revealed that Manchester resident’s are some of the most active in the country and that year on year more people are regularly taking part in sport across the city.
The findings come from Sport England’s national Active People Survey, the largest sports and recreation survey of its kind ever carried out in Europe.
The Active People Survey has shown that 43.4 per cent of Manchester residents take part in at least 30 minutes of sport or active recreation per week – well above the national average of 36.8 per cent and a significant increase on last year’s figure.
The number of people undertaking at least 30 minuets of activity in the city is higher that anywhere else in Greater Manchester and higher than in any of the other core cites (the country’s largest cities outside of London).
The increase in regular sports participation continues an upward trend that has been seen since the 2010 survey – which found 33.7 percent of people took part in 30 minutes or more of sport per week.
The number of people undertaking 30 minuets of sport or active recreation three times a week or more has also dramatically improved – from 24 per cent in 2012 up to 28.9 per cent in 2014.
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: “The results of the Active People Survey are great news and go to show just how much we love all sport in Manchester.
“The benefits of regular exercise are huge and can make a real difference to quality of life by improving health, nurturing a sense of community and simply by being fun.
“With an inspirational sporting programme planned for 2015, not to mention Manchester’s world-class sport venues and community facilities, I am certain we can build on our success and see even more people begin to take part in regular activity this year.”
The Active People Survey looked at sport participation from October 2013 to October 2014.
For more information on the Active People Survey please visit: www.sportengland.org