5 Things we learnt about sport in Wales in 2018

1. Sport could hold key to a happier Wales

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Back in January the Sport and Active Lifestyles data proved that being physically active is significantly associated with better physical health and mental well-being, feeling satisfied with life, reduced anxiety, happiness and people feeling satisfied with their work situation.

In short, people who take part in sport are more likely to feel happier!  Now if there ever was a reason to don the trainers, renew the gym membership, dig out that old racket, this must be it.

Still unsure? Access the full report here…



2. Wales' women have the medal factor

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2018's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games were the most successful ever for Team Wales and making the biggest impact on the medal board was the female members of the Team.

On the first occasion that the Team took more women than men, the females equalled the number of golds claimed by their male counterparts and accounted for 54% of the total medal count.

Get the full breakdown here…



 3. Welsh public cement enjoyment and accessibility as key factors for taking part

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 Following a Wales-wide conversation during the first half of the year, the new Vision for Sport in Wales put enjoyment and accessibility as top of the agenda for getting more Welsh people, more active.

The Vision, launched in July looked to gain the support of sport, health, education and outdoor sectors among others in turning Wales into a more active nation.

Find out more here…



4. Young sport volunteers buck national trend when it comes to loneliness

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At a time when it was being reported that more young people than ever were suffering from loneliness, a Youth Sport Trust report found that young people across Wales who are involved in the Young Ambassador programme were bucking the worrying trend.

The report indicated that 93% of Young Ambassadors had said that the programme had helped them to meet new people.  A staggering 96% said the programme had improved their confidence, and 91% felt they had helped to improve the health and wellbeing of other young people.

Find out more about the programme here…



5.  Children from under-represented groups are taking part in more sport

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2018 saw the biggest ever survey of 7-16-year olds in Wales and uncovered that the number of children taking part in sport from the lowest participating ethnic backgrounds or with a disability was on the rise.

The School Sport Survey canvassed over 120,000 youngsters' opinions on sport, health and wellbeing.  Alongside the positive findings it also highlighted the need for more work to be done among those from the most deprived areas.

Get more School Sport Survey details here…