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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, Oct 2010  
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Contents >> Sport and Social Capital >> Frequency of contact with family and friends

FREQUENCY OF CONTACT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Playing sport and taking part in other forms of physical recreation is often a social activity in which energies are focused on a common goal. It can provide participants with an opportunity to make and/or maintain friendships, develop extended networks and keep in touch with family or friends. A slightly greater proportion of sport participants had daily or weekly contact with their family and friends (97%) compared with non-participants (95%). The sport participation rate was shown to be highest amongst those who had daily contact with their family and friends at 64%. The rate remained high for those who had weekly contact at 62% but dropped to 49% among those who had monthly contact and 41% for those who had quarterly contact.

6.4 Participation in sport and physical recreation, Frequency of contact with family or friends - 2006

Participated
Did not participate
Total
Participation rate
Non-participation rate
Total
'000
'000
'000
%
%
%

Everyday
4 680.1
2 597.4
7 277.5
64.3
35.7
100.0
At least once a week
4 589.3
2 872.9
7 462.2
61.5
38.5
100.0
At least once a month
211.6
222.9
434.6
48.7
51.3
100.0
At least once in three months
*31.3
*45.7
77.0
*40.6
*59.4
100.0
No recent contact(a)
**9.5
46.3
*55.7
**17.1
83.0
100.0
Total
9 521.8
5 785.2
15 307.1
62.2
37.8
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) Includes the category 'no family and no friends'.
Source: Sport and Social Capital, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4917.0).






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