AusPlay shows children need to get more active

Fifty four per cent of children aged under 14 years are active at least once a week in organised sport or physical activity after school hours, the most comprehensive survey of Australians’ sporting activity and motivation has found.

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8 December

Fifty four per cent of children aged under 14 years are active at least once a week in organised sport or physical activity after school hours, the most comprehensive survey of Australians’ sporting activity and motivation has found.

The biggest barriers for children aged under eight participating are parents’ perception that they are too young to start playing.

Launching the first results of the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC’s) landmark AusPlay survey at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Minister for Sport, Sussan Ley, said that parents need to consider if their children are doing enough organised sport or physical activity outside of school hours.

“These results show we all need to be encouraging our children to get more active more often so they enjoy the health and social benefits that come with an active lifestyle,” she said.

The Federal Government launched Sporting Schools in mid-2015 to give Australian primary school children more access to sport and physical activity. The program funds more than 5,100 schools and has reached more than 1.3 million students.

Ms Ley said: “It is vital we increase the rate of physical activity in our children. Campaigns, such as Girls Make Your Move, and programs, including Sporting Schools, contribute to increasing physical activity.

“Sporting Schools provides schools across Australia with the opportunity for organised sport before, during or after school hours. The Turnbull Government has committed a further $60 million to 2018 into the successful Sporting Schools program, making a total investment of $160 million.

“Sporting Schools is an important step in introducing children to sport and helping develop the fundamentals and fun of sport and physical activity.”

The AusPlay survey will help the sport sector, all tiers of government and communities across the nation get a better understanding of how and why Australians participate in sport and physical activity.

Ms Ley said: “It will also help to develop strategies to overcome barriers to participation. It doesn’t matter which sport or physical activity appeals to you, we want to see more Australians being active more often.”

AusPlay is a continuous survey that will report accurate and reliable data and trends every six months. It shows how active Australians are, what drives them to be active, what sports and physical activities they take part in, how much they spend on participation fees and what are the most popular activities.

Results from the AusPlay survey will complement existing data and research conducted by the ASC in recent years. This research is aimed at giving sports reliable information so they can plan strategies to get more Australians participating in sport and physical activity.

Play.Sport.Australia., the ASC’s game plan for sports participation released in 2015, listed the AusPlay survey as a priority action to better understand participation trends in Australia, inform policy decisions and guide sports strategy.

The results of AusPlay were produced following interviews with over 20,000 adults, including more than 3,800 parents/guardians of children aged 0-14 years between October 2015 and September 2016. More details on the AusPlay survey can be found on the ASC’s website.

For more information contact Randal Markey, Senior Media Adviser, 0417 318 620, or Jessica Howe, Media Adviser, 0428 426 293

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