Last updated: 29 Nov, 2016

This research summary provides a picture of participation in organised community sport in Victoria.

Download: Sport participation in Victoria, 2015: Research summary (PDF, 641 KB)

Download: Age profiles of sports participants: Victoria 2015 (573 KB)

Download: Sport participation rates: Victoria 2015 (630 KB)

The Sport Participation Research Project looks at sport participation trends from 2015–17 from 11 major Victorian state sporting associations, representing Australian football, basketball, bowls, cricket, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics, hockey, netball, sailing and tennis. The research was carried out with collaboration from a range of state sporting associations, government, peak sporting organisations and universities.

This research outlines participation rates and trends by age group and geographical area, highlighting key insights and recommendations to inform decision-making and investments by state sporting associations, clubs and associations, policymakers and funders of sport participation and future research.  

Key findings cover:

  • sport participation among young children
  • participation rates during adolescence
  • participation rates among females
  • participation rates in regional Victoria areas compared to metropolitan Melbourne.

View this short video overview and see Sport and Recreation Spatial website for further information. 

 

 


Previous research

Download: Victorian participation in organised sport: Research highlights (PDF, 447 KB)

Download: Victorian participation in organised sport: Final report (PDF, 2.1 MB)

This research was carried out with collaboration from a range of state sporting associations, government, peak sporting organisations and universities to support the future planning for seven Victorian sports: Australian football, basketball, cricket, hockey, bowls, netball and tennis.

The research used data from over 2.6 million Victorian sport participant records across the seven sports, captured in an online geographical information system (GIS) mapping tool as part of a broader Sport and Recreation Spatial project, developed through a VicHealth Physical Activity Research Practice Fellowship.

As part of the research, four broad themes were investigated:

  • participation levels and trends
  • influences on participation
  • the relationship between facilities and participation
  • the health benefits of participants.