According to a new study, more than 1.8 million people in the United Kingdom belong to sports clubs. The article at the BBC website reports that about 3 million competitions took place in the UK in the previous year.
The study had been commissioned with the goal to examine the impact of governing bodies in delivering sports to a wide audience. The study shows that 9 million people take part in at least 30 minutes physical activity each and every day.
The study had been launched at the same time together with a a new chief executive officer forum which hopes to act as an independent voice to influence national and local policy on sport.
Professor Simon Shibli of Sheffield Hallam University who led the study in a public statement: “it says much about how much sport matters. Our research demonstrates the huge impact NGBs are making in the delivery of sport in England at community and elite level, and their growing influence in international sports administration.”
He added: “The fact that over one million more people belong to sports clubs than the combined total of all UK political party membership says much about how much sport matters to the wider population.”
Likewise, the report has shown that volunteering linked to the governing bodies was worth almost 5 billion British pounds in 2014.