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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2011  
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FACILITIES USED FOR SPORT AND PHYSICAL RECREATION

In 2009-10, the survey of Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation found that the most popular type of facilities used for sport and physical recreation activities were outdoor facilities such as parks, beaches, and walking trails (58%). The next most popular facilities were structured facilities such as gyms, public swimming pools or courts (52%). People's own homes or other people's homes were the least likely places that people participated in sport or physical recreation activities with only 19% of people reporting that they had used these facilities.

People aged 15 to 17 years were the most likely to use structured facilities such as sports grounds or ovals (62%) while people aged 25 to 34 were the most likely to use facilities such as gyms and public pools or courts (61%). Outdoor facilities such as parks, beaches and walking trails were most popular with people aged 45 to 54 years (65%) and 55 to 64 years (66%).

Interestingly, the percentages of people using structured facilities such as sports grounds, ovals or playing fields decreased as age increased. The proportion of participants aged 15 to 17 years (62%) was significantly higher than the proportion of participants aged 65 years and over (14%). The use of other outdoor facilities such as parks, beaches and walking trails significantly increased with age (from 35% of participants aged 15 to 17 years to 58% of participants aged 65 years and over). This pattern corresponds to the relative popularity of different sports and physical recreation activities with different age groups; younger people have higher participation rates in active sports such as Australian Rules football, while older people are more likely to participate in walking. For further information about participation in sport and physical recreation please refer to the ABS (2010c) publication Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4177.0).

10.1 Participants, Sport and physical recreation, Facilities used - By age - 2009-10

FACILITIES USED(a)
Own home or someone else's
Structured facility, such as gym, public pool or court
Structured facility such as sports ground, oval
Other outdoor facility such as park, beach, walking trail
Other facilities
Total participants(b)

NUMBER ('000)

15-17
144.2
402.0
421.3
238.6
77.5
684.1
18-24
278.0
935.4
624.1
719.4
127.3
1 509.4
25-34
377.0
1 299.8
760.3
1 180.4
171.6
2 124.7
35-44
401.0
1 102.1
612.3
1 258.1
188.9
2 019.3
45-54
405.2
898.7
391.5
1 241.5
203.4
1 916.9
55-64
247.8
626.4
183.3
1 002.8
182.7
1 520.5
65 and over
240.0
530.4
180.4
762.1
169.6
1 335.1
Total participants
2 093.1
5 794.9
3 173.3
6 402.9
1 121.0
11 110.0

PERCENT (%)

15-17
21.1
58.8
61.6
34.9
11.3
100.0
18-24
18.4
62.0
41.3
47.7
8.4
100.0
25-34
17.7
61.2
35.8
55.6
8.1
100.0
35-44
19.9
54.6
30.3
62.3
9.4
100.0
45-54
21.1
46.9
20.4
64.8
10.6
100.0
55-64
16.3
41.2
12.1
66.0
12.0
100.0
65 and over
18.0
39.7
13.5
57.1
12.7
100.0
Total participants
18.8
52.2
28.6
57.6
10.1
100.0

(a) 'Facilities used' applies to all activities that were participated in. Participants may have used more than one type of facility for each activity participated in. Components will not add to totals as some participants may have used more than one facility.
(b) Includes participants who answered "don't know".
Source: Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4177.0)


The facilities that were most popular with people who only participated in organised sports and physical recreation activities were structured facilities such as gyms, public pools or courts (65%) followed by structured facilities such as sports grounds, ovals and playing fields (42%). Other outdoor facilities such as parks, beaches and walking trails were most commonly used by people who only participated in non-organised activities (65%). Most people who participated in both organised and non-organised activities used structured facilities such as gyms, public pools and courts (78%).

10.2 Participants, Sport and physical recreation, Facilities used - By type of participation - 2009-10

FACILITIES USED(a)
Own home or someone else's
Structured facility, such as gym, public pool or court
Structured facility such as sports ground, oval
Other outdoor facility such as park, beach, walking trail
Other facilities
Total participants(b)

NUMBER ('000)

Organised only
172.0
1 283.0
835.0
394.7
231.1
1 967.0
Non-organised only
1 395.7
2 482.4
1 119.2
4 238.3
548.0
6 536.5
Both organised and non-organised
520.2
2 013.6
1 210.1
1 759.6
335.2
2 582.2
Total participants(b)
2 093.1
5 794.9
3 173.3
6 402.9
1 121.0
11 110.0

PERCENT (%)

Organised only
8.7
65.2
42.4
20.1
11.7
100.0
Non-organised only
21.4
38.0
17.1
64.8
8.4
100.0
Both organised and non-organised
20.1
78.0
46.9
68.1
13.0
100.0
Total participants(b)
18.8
52.2
28.6
57.6
10.0
100.0

(a) 'Facilities used' applies to all activities that were participated in. Participants may have used more than one type of facility for each activity participated in. Components will not add to totals as some participants may have used more than one facility.
(b) Includes participants who answered "don't know".
Source: Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4177.0)






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