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Report shows sport participation
01 Oct 2014 17:05
More women are taking part in sport in Ireland and greater numbers of people are partaking in individual sports, according to a new report from the Irish Sports Council (ISC).
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The Irish Sports Monitor 2013 found that the gender gap for sporting participation was narrowing as a result of more women taking up sports.
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42.7% of women now take part in sport of some kind, a rise of 3.7% on the figure in the previous study in 2011.
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There has been a notable rise in participation among women aged 25 to 44, the report found.
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ISC chief executive John Treacy told RTÉ Sport the results were “very positive” and highlighted the closing gender gap in participation as “very good news”.
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Overall, participation in sport has risen from 44.8% in 2011 to 47.2%; the 2013 figure is the equivalent to almost 1.7m Irish adults participating in sport regularly.
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Another notable finding of the report is the continuing trend towards individual sports such and running or cycling rather than team sports: almost four times as many people are involved in individual sports (41.5%) than are taking part in team-based activities (10.9%). The percentage of those playing golf has fallen, however.
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