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Second-Most Popular Sport 09/01/2013

Children dancing

A study released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals: 420,000 young Australians (age 5 to 14 years) have taken up and are involved in dancing by 2012. This makes dancing the second-most popular sport for children and adolescents, coming second to swimming and diving - which had 490,000 participating last year.


The study, Children's Participation in Sport and Leisure Time Activities, follows Australia's youngsters in surveys taken every three years since 2000.

Some interesting conclusions from the ABS report: while more children are dancing now than 12 years ago, fewer are playing tennis. They are reading less, but they are also watching less TV. Internet and mobile phones are on the rise.

 

Participation in numbers (000)

Sport

2006

2009

2012

Swimming and diving

462.5

502.9

492.1

Dancing

332.6

390.4

418.1

Soccer (outdoor)

351.1

360.4

397.6

Australian Rules football

200.4

235.1

226.5

Netball

225.8

228.5

222.7

Basketball

176.3

201.9

220.2

Tennis

195.1

214.8

205.2

Martial arts

120.4

154.6

161.0

Gymnastics

 

 

134.5

Cricket (outdoor)

143.5

142.5

130.7

Rugby League

111.5

97.2

109.9

Athletics, track and field

77.5

89.4

88.6

Rugby Union

54.9

54.5

58.8

Touch football

 

46.4

50.9

Soccer (indoor)

58.7

76.9

48.0

Hockey

51.8

57.4

45.8

Other organised sports

 

 

292.7