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Badminton named England’s No.1 racket sport

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  1. jamesd20

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    Badminton named England’s No.1 racket sport
    Badminton’s place as one of England’s biggest participation sports has been confirmed by results from a new survey.

    Over four million people played the sport last year – that’s 8.6% of the population – with one-and-a-half million of those taking part on a regular basis.


    The figures, produced by the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University on behalf of BADMINTON England, put badminton as the No.1 racket participation sport in the country.

    Nearly one million adults (926,000) play at least once per month. When added to a further 1.83m irregular players, this means 2.75m adults hit shuttles annually.

    The findings back up previous analysis by Sport England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which suggested that badminton bucked a trend of static sport participation rates between 2002 and 2006.

    “These figures reveal that badminton is a mass participation sport across England,” said BADMINTON England Chief Executive Adrian Christy. “We are bucking the trend, exhibiting strong growth across a variety of sectors and groups.”

    The future appears to be bright, with over half-a-million children playing at least 10 times per year out of school and 12% of secondary school pupils taking part regularly – which is five times the comparable adult participation rate.

    “Badminton is alive and kicking in England,” added Christy. “This report provides proof that our game is growing as a sport for all, with our popularity to children building a large base of players from which we aim to produce future champions.”

    The adult population of England's participation in badminton

    Type Number Percent

    Regular players (at least once every 4 wks) 926,000 2.25%

    Occasional players (at least once per year) 1,830,000 4.45%

    Non- badminton players 38,460,000 93.30%

    Totals 41,216,000 100.00%

    Frequency of participation in badminton

    Frequency Active People Taking Part GHS
    2005/06 2005/06 2002

    At least once in the last year n/a 6.7% 6.4%

    At least once in the last 4 weeks 2.2% 2.9% 1.8%

    At least 4 times in the last 4 weeks 1.3% 1.6% 1%

    At least 12 times in the last 4 weeks 0.1% 0.1% <0.5%

    Summary of total badminton players in England

    Category 0-6 Years Y2-Y11 Adults Total

    Regular players Unknown 0.58 0.93 1.51

    Occasional players Unknown 1.05 1.83 2.88

    Any players Unknown 1.63 2.76 4.39

    http://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/s...00100010034&itemID=1516&monthinview=2008/07/1
     
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    this is great news. I hope now sponsors would divert more money to badminton event like the All England and make the all england a high status sport event like the wimbledon tennis.
     
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    Mmmmmmm I am not so confident - the figures don'tshow how many people played other sports.

    And remember the report is by Badminton England (the Administrators of Badminton in the UK). Plus I don't think there has been a large shift in the number of players - it has always been this way.

    Anyhow hopefully this research can at least help to attract sponsors.
     
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    The survey was done by SIRC i so presume they also have some data or idea on tennis participation level before printing the badminton claim. The UK tennis assocation can do their own survey and give their rebuttal too if they want to :D
     
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    great to hear that:)
     
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    The reality shows tennis is still #1 racket sport in England. It needs more time for badminton to claim the number one there.
     
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    yeah....
    wonder what is the survey's difference?
     
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    Where did you get this from?
     
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    One of our members nearly won the Singles title at the World Corporate Games (held in the UK) a few days ago ;)

    Congratulations, Champ!
     
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    Nice to know that!!Hopefully they can do better in the future..
     

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