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Victorian participation in organised sport

Our yearly snapshot of participation in organised community sports in Victoria.

7 May 2015
Research and Publications

Spanning 8 years, this annual research project is a partnership between VicHealth, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Victoria University, Federation University, and 13 Victorian state sporting associations. You can access all the reports below.

Previous research

Sport participation in Victoria 2015-2022

The 2022 research summary   looks at how the organised sport participation has evolved over an 8-year period with a special focus on the impact of COVID-19 and the recovery of participation in sport.
The research reveals data from 10 popular sports and compares   participation rates across age, sex and region between 2015-2022.

Sports surveyed:

  • Australian rules football
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • football (soccer)
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis.

TL:DR - the important bits

  • 2022 represents the highest year of overall participation in sport in Victoria, since the Sport Participation Research Project commenced in 2015.
  • Participation in community sport rose by over 119,229 participants, after being significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions in 2020.
  • The sport participation rate across all ages is higher for males than females.
  • The research calls for a continued strategic focus on engaging, retaining and re-engaging women and girls in playing sport.

Quick stats

  • The total participation numbers and participation rate (of the Victorian population) across the sports in 2022 were: 924,235/14.1% of total population.
  • Sport participation is highest among children and adolescents 10–14 years (57%) and drops significantly during late adolescence (15-19 years, 32%).
  • Sport participation rates (across all ages) are higher for males (19%) than females (10%) in Victoria.
  • Sport participation rates are higher in regional Victoria (17%) compared to metropolitan Melbourne (13%).
  • Metropolitan-growth areas have considerably lower sport participation rates (10%) compared to all other regions.


  • Creating focused strategic policy development to retain and re-engage children and youth in sport.
  • There is a need to focus on policy, investment, strategy, programs, and research for children and youth, and hear from them directly.

More resources

Previous research

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