Posted: Mon 14th Mar 2016

Survey Reveals Anglesey Is Becoming More Active /
This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 14th, 2016

The number of adults hooked on sport in Anglesey is up according to the official Active Adults Survey, released by Sport Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Nearly 400 adults in Anglesey were interviewed as part of the Active Adults Survey between 29th January 2014 and 2nd March 2015. The results show that 48% of people aged 15 and over are participating in sport, on average 3 times a week or more, an increase of 30% since 2012. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The survey reveals: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • This is the second highest figure in Wales out of the 22 local authorities.
  • 55% of Anglesey Males and 42% of Anglesey females are currently hooked on sport (participate in sport 3 times or more a week).
  • 39% of adults 65 years of age and over are hooked on sport
  • The most popular sporting activities for adults include cycling, swimming, walking and running

Anglesey Council Leader and Economic Development, Leisure and Tourism portfolio holder, Councillor Ieuan Williams said, “The increase of 30% of Anglesey Adults participating in a sporting activity is great news. I believe our recent success is due to sporting initiatives the Sport Development section has provided such as, Fitness in the Community which included a couch to 5k running/walking programme, the outdoor partnership scheme, and the free swim initiative.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“With recent investment in our leisure centres we now offer more fitness classes than ever and a very useful direct debit package, which will hopefully encourage more of the island’s residents to become active and healthier people.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sport Wales CEO, Sarah Powell added, “What these results show is that we have been successful in sustaining the incredible swell in numbers of volunteers and participants which followed the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. We’ve worked hard to ensure a lasting legacy and we’ve successfully bucked the trends seen across the rest of the UK, which has seen levels fluctuate in the past few years.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“There’s huge potential to engage with more people and I’m thrilled to see the appetite for more sport and volunteering so high in Wales. The challenge now is for us and the sport sector to meet the needs for those wanting to take part in more and new sport.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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