Active People Survey shows healthy increase in adult numbers
By Squash Mad Reporter
England Squash are celebrating after latest figures from Sport England’s Active People survey shows an encouraging increase in participation.
The latest figures reveal 224,000 adults are playing squash at least once per week in England. This is an increase of more than 27,000 compared to last year. Participation among the 16-34 age category saw the biggest increase of almost 40%.
Keir Worth, Chief Executive, England Squash said: “We are delighted with the latest APS findings and to have exceeded our participation target for the year.
“Today’s figures are a reflection of the outstanding work of the whole squash community, including county associations, volunteers, coaches, clubs and leisure centres in delivering squash nationwide.
“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of Sport England during what has been a very challenging transitional period for the organisation.
“Our aspirations remain high and the focus is on building on this success, by further improving our engagement with players, the squash workforce and facility providers in driving the sport forward over the next period.
“The sport faces some significant challenges, but we believe it has an exciting and promising future.”
Mark Williams, Director of Participation said: “We remain committed to inspiring thousands more to pick up a racket. We have a number of exciting programmes in 2016 including the national launch of an innovative new way for people to play squash and the rollout of a new university programme.
“Although the number of women playing squash remains stable, our new grassroots initiative aimed at women and girls has launched nationwide across 35 locations and will be a key driver in increasing participation.”