Taking part in the arts, sport and recreation are perceived to have beneficial social, economic and health impacts. In December 2002, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and DCMS jointly published a report called Game Plan, which included a target for increasing the proportion of the population in England that were reasonably active from around 30% in 1998 to 70% in 2020.
In April 2004, Sport England published the Framework for Sport in England, which set out the agenda to work towards achieving the main aims of Game Plan. It has a target of 1% growth per year in regular sports participation for people aged 16 or over (with a view to achieving at least 50% participation in 2020). It also noted that sport relies heavily on volunteers.
A consistent set of questions about participation in sport and leisure activities has been asked on the General Household Survey at three-year intervals since 1987. Questions on sport and leisure activities had previously been included on the GHS at regular intervals since 1973. In 1987 a new set of questions was introduced in order to improve the accuracy of the information collected. Respondents were prompted with a list of sports or activities on a showcard and asked about participation both in the previous four weeks and in the 12 months before interview. Prior to this the survey had used an ‘open-ended’ question asking respondents to recall all their leisure activities in the four weeks before interview. The change to the questionnaire in 1987 caused a discontinuity in the measurement of trends.
In addition to the sport and leisure module, the GHS includes other relevant information that has been drawn on in this report, such as National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC), economic activity status and attendance at leisure and recreational classes.
The 2002 GHS is weighted using a two-step approach. In the first step the data are weighted to compensate for nonresponse in the sample based on known under-coverage in the Census-linked study of non-response (Foster, 1994). The second step weights the sample distribution so that it matches known population distributions in terms of region, age group, and sex.
Editor's comments - [ This report presents findings from the sport and leisure module of the 2002/2003 General Household Survey (GHS).
It asked people aged 16 and over about their participation in a wide range of sport and leisure activities. It also included, for the first time in 2002, questions about volunteering in sports and the arts. The module was commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Sport England, UK Sport and Arts Council England to provide a measure of the effectiveness of campaigns encouraging people to take more exercise, and to help monitor the growth or decline of particular sports and leisure activities. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Fox, K. Rickards, L. (2004). Results from the sport and leisure module of the 2002 General Household Survey. London: TSO
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