Figures were released today from a national survey measuring how active people are across the country.
This is the biggest survey of its kind to be conducted in Europe and includes interviews with 1,000 residents from the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. The survey was commissioned by Sport England and carried out by Ipsos MORI.
The survey focussed on three areas:
In the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, the survey found that 25% of adults participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity sports and active recreation (including recreational walking) on three or more days a week. Kingston has the seventh highest participation rate in London and is ranked thirty eight in England.
The survey found that 4% of adults in Kingston volunteered in sport for at least one hour per week.
Choice and opportunity
More than 61% of Kingston's residents live within a 20 minute walk of three sports centres, including one that reaches the quality standards. This is one of the best scores in London and places Kingston 34th nationally.
Commenting on the survey, Councillor Simon James, Executive Member for sport, said:
“It is good to see that so many people in this area are taking part in sport and other healthy activities such as walking and enjoying the benefits of local parks and the river. Kingston provides a great range of recreational and sports activities, both through council run services and a rich variety of voluntary sector organisations and community sports clubs. They contribute greatly to the high quality of life in this area. We will work with local sports clubs and schools to ensure that participation rates in sport in Kingston continue to improve.”