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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/12/2011   
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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 maintain friendships, develop extended networks and keep in touch with family or friends. A slightly greater proportion of participants in sport and physical recreation had daily or weekly contact with their family and friends (97%) compared with non-participants (94%). The participation rate in sport and physical recreation was shown to be highest amongst people who had daily contact with their family and friends (77%) with the participation rate remaining high for those had contact at least once a week (73%). The overall participation rate decreased as the frequency of contact decreased, dropping to 61% amongst those who had monthly contact, and to 38% of people who had only quarterly contact.

6.5 Participation in sport and physical recreation, Frequency of contact with family or friends - 2010

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

Everyday
6 417.2
1 933.0
8 350.1
76.9
23.1
100.0
At least once a week
5 729.0
2 148.5
7 877.5
72.7
27.3
100.0
At least once a month
271.1
173.8
444.9
60.9
39.1
100.0
At least once in three months
*23.5
*38.5
62.0
*37.9
*62.1
100.0
No recent contact(a)
**18.0
35.6
53.6
*33.5
66.5
100.0
Total
12 458.7
4 329.4
16 788.2
74.2
25.8
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Source: Unpublished ABS data, General Social Survey, Australia, 2010.






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