Player numbers by sport

Swimming is England’s most popular sport, followed by athletics, cycling and football.

Over 2.9 million people were swimming once a week in 2012/13, making it the top sport by a significant margin.

The number of people taking part in athletics weekly has risen from 1.4 million in 2005-06 to over 2 million today.

The number of weekly cyclists is also over 2 million, while football is part of the weekly routine for over 1.8 million people.

Other sports becoming more popular – though from a lower base – include boxing and table tennis.