2010 ERASS Report

ref: http://www.ausport.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/436122/ERASS_Report_2010.pdf

The Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS) is a joint initiative of the Australian Sports Commission and the state and territory government agencies responsible for sport and recreation. Below are excerpts from the 2010 report:

Participation in organised physical activity

  • Direct Quote: In terms of the top ten organised physical activities, Australian rules football had the largest increase in total participation between 2001 and 2010, increasing by 64% since 2001.

Participation in club-based physical activity

  • The top ten club-based physical activities in 2010, in terms of total participation rate, were golf,outdoor football, tennis, Australian rules football, tennis, outdoor cricket, lawn bowls, basketball, touch football and martial arts

Top 10 Physical Activities in 2010 (persons 15 and over)

  • Walking 20.2%
  • Aerobics/Fitness 9.5%
  • Running 3.4%
  • Cycling 2.7%
  • Swimming 1.5%
  • Weights 1.1%
  • Soccer 0.7%
  • Australian Football 0.7%
  • Dancing 0.5%
  • Basketball 0.5%

Top Ten Organised Physical Activities (15 years and Over)

  • Aerobics/Fitness 1.2 million
  • Golf 603,000
  • Soccer 594,000
  • Netball 538,000
  • Australian Football 447,000
  • Tennis 419,000
  • Basketball 403,000
  • Touch Football 399,000
  • Cricket 372,000
  • Lawn bowls 337,000

Total participation in top ten organised activities, 2001–2010

In terms of the top ten organised activities, Australian rules football had the largest increase in total participation between 2001 and 2010 (+64%) (Box 3). For Australian rules football, there was a slight but steady increase in participation between 2001 and 2005. Participation then declined in the period 2005 to 2007, before increasing again in 2008 to 2010. In 2010, the participation rate in Australian rules football was the highest in the ten-year period.

Top Ten Club Based Activities

  • Golf 527,000
  • Outdoor Soccer 460,000
  • Netball 380,000
  • Australian Football 367,000
  • Tennis 341,000
  • Cricket 324,000
  • Lawn Bowls 305,000
  • Touch footy 280,000
  • Basketball 248,000
Australian rules football and outdoor football had the largest increases in total participation between 2001 and 2010 (+71% and +56%, respectively, between 2001 and 2010) (Box 4). Australian rules football club-based participation gradually increased between 2001 and 2005, decreased between 2005 and 2007, and then increased again in the period 2007 to 2009. The participation rate for Australian rules football in 2010 is the highest in the ten-year period.
 Top Ten Regular Club based activities
  • Outdoor soccer 95,000
  • Australian Football 89,000
  • Cycling 75,000
  • Basketball 59,000
  • Cricket 58,000
  • Netball 55,000
  • Gold 54,000

ERASS Total Particpation Data – Australian Football Only

  • Total Participation: 577,000
  • Organised 447,000
  • Non Organised 182,500
  • Males: 530,000
  • Females 47,500
  • 15-25 years: 325,200
  • 25-34 years: 131,200
  • 35-44 years: 73,800
  • 45-53 years: 41,500

By State and Territory – Participation numbers (organised and non organised)

    • ACT – 5,800
    • NSW – 87,500
    • NT – 5,400
    • QLD – 52,700
    • SA – 68,600
    • Tas – 17,800
    • Vic – 235,300 (league comparison 11,500 considered unreliable data)
    • WA – 96,400

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