100,000 more people are swimming every week in 2016!
Sport England have released the swimming statistics for 2016 and it’s great news for swimming.
Over 100,000 more people are swimming each week compared to last year. This is the first time in several years that swimming has seen an increase in participant figures. The biggest increase has been the last few months with 20,000 more people deciding to get into the water on a regular basis.
The current weekly figure now stands at 2.52 million.
There are several reasons why swimming participant figures have been on the increase in the UK - from Team GB’s success in Rio, better swimming facilities to the number of adult social swimming projects that are taking place around the country.
SwimStars director, Steve Parry is delighted with the new figures but feels there is still a long way to go,
“The figures released by Sport England are very encouraging, there is no doubt that the success of Team GB at Rio is one of the reasons for the increase in numbers so a big thanks to Adam Peaty and the rest of the team.
It is now up to the swimming community to keep up the good work, as director of Total Swimming & SwimStars it is great to have over 15,000 children swimming with us each week but there is still work to do.
Where we need to really focus is on the 50% of children who leave primary school unable to swim. If we can get these children swimming the statistics for the next 5 to 10 years will consistently rise.”
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