This research summary provides a picture of participation in organised community sport in Victoria.
Download: Sport participation in Victoria, 2019 – Research summary (PDF, 1 MB)
This summary outlines key findings and insights from the 5th year of VicHealth and Sport and Recreation Victoria’s joint research into organised community sport participation in Victoria across 12 popular sports including Australian football, basketball, bowls*, cricket, football (soccer), golf*, gymnastics, hockey, netball, sailing, swimming and tennis.
The report illustrates participation across age, sex and location in 2019 and compares this with participation in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
*Please bowls and golf did not provide data for 2019 and are not included in this summary.
Key findings from 2019 results:
Participation in sport increased by more than 119,000 participants (0.8% increase in the participation rate). The participation increase was over twice as high for females (1.1% increase) than males (0.5% increase).
The largest growth in participation rates 2015–2019 were within the age group (4%) followed by the 15– age group (3%).
For females, the largest growth was for (7%), followed by 5– (5%), and 10– (4%).
For males, the largest growth was for 15– (3%), followed by 35– (2%), and 25– (1%).
There has been increased participation for females across all ages, and with high growth in participation rates for those aged 4–19 years.