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ComRes – Welsh sport activity levels

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Sport Wales teamed up with Savanta ComRes to get an insight into the nation’s activity habits and behaviours during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The surveys, run at different points of the pandemic, provide a snapshot of how different restrictions impacted on physical activity and sport, as well as the attitude of people in Wales towards exercise during and after lockdown.

The data has been weighted to be demographically representative of Welsh adults 16+ by gender, age and the estimated households with children under 16.

For more information email insightteam@sport.wales.

2022 Survey Highlights

Some of the findings in the surveys include:

  • Use of indoor facilities has continued to increase with 19% adults saying that they used an indoor gym/fitness suite in the previous week, and 16% saying that they used an indoor swimming pool.
  • Those that used indoor facilities also felt more comfortable doing so - 92% said they had felt comfortable using an indoor gym/fitness centre and 91% said that they had felt comfortable using an indoor swimming pool.
  • Confidence about taking part has increased across all indoor facilities, however a decline was witnessed for outdoor facilities (potentially due to Storm Eunice).
  • 6% of adults (approx. 150,000 adults) say that they have still paused or stopped their sport volunteering roles because of Covid-19/pandemic.
  • There is a strong association between adult activity levels and both ‘happiness’ and ones ‘satisfaction with life’.
  • Less than half of adults agree that there are enough facilities in their area (47%) and that these facilities are affordable (41%) and of excellent quality (37%).
  • ‘Having someone to go with’ (14%), better weather (6%) and improved health (5%) were the things adults felt were most likely to make their experience of sport more enjoyable.

ComRes Survey 1 – May 2020

The first survey of Coronavirus and physical activity in Wales.

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ComRes Survey 2 – October 2020

The second survey of Coronavirus and physical activity in Wales.

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ComRes Survey 3 – March 2021

The third survey of sport and physical activity in Wales during the pandemic.

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