Economic conditions

Hard economic times have had a significant impact on the take-up of sport

30 June 2017

A study commissioned by Sport England found that one of the side-effects of recession has been a reduction in the number of people taking part in sport.

Past evidence from the 1980s and 1990s suggests that economic recessions did not have a major effect on sports participation. However, the latest paper (below) found clear evidence that the recession which began in 2008 has had a 'significant negative effect'.

The effect was more pronounced in expensive sports such as sailing, skiing and golf. Sports such as running continued to grow.