Skip to main content

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 113092, tabled on 14 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of people played football regularly in (a) the UK and (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the last three years; and what proportion of those people were (i) female and (ii) BAME.

Answered on

27 November 2017

According to the most recent data from Sport England's Active Lives Survey which covers the period May 2016 to May 2017, 5.1% of adults in England aged 16+, or 2.3 million adults, played football at least twice in the last 28 days. Of these participants 9.2% (212,000) are women and 90.8% (2.1 million) are men. 12.8% (294,000) of participants are South Asian, 3.2% (74,000) of participants are Black, 0.7% (16,000) of participants are Chinese, 2.5% (58,000) of participants are mixed race, and 1.8% (41,000) of participants are defined as 'Other ethnic group'. Data from the Active Lives Survey covers England only.

In Nottinghamshire, 4.8% of adults aged 16+, or 45,000 adults, have played football at least twice in the last 28 days. Of these participants, 8.0% (3,600) are women and 92.0% (41,100) are men. Due to sample sizes it is not possible to provide a breakdown in terms of ethnicity.

Historical data on participation rates from the Active People Survey is available at the following links:

The Active People Survey covered the period from 2006 to 2016 and is no longer in use. The data is not comparable with data from the Active Lives Survey because the two surveys use different methodologies and questions.

Named day
Named day questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.