AusPlay Research released


On Monday the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) released the latest AusPlay research; Children’s Participation in Organised Physical Activity Outside of School Hours.

The general findings of the research were that more Australian children have participated in sport over the past 12 months, but the vast majority are still not meeting recommended activity levels - and parents could be the biggest influence in getting their kids more active.  However, the findings were considerably more positive for the sport of Gymnastics.

Check out some of the key stats below:

• Gymnastics – number 5 on the list of organised out-of-school physical activities for all Australian children in 2017* (7.6%) [behind Swimming, Soccer, AFL and recreational Dancing]
• Gymnastics – number 4 on the list of organised out-of-school physical activities for all Australian girls in 2017* (12.1%) [behind Swimming, recreational Dancing and Netball]
• Gymnastics – number 9 on the list of organised out-of-school physical activities for all Australian boys in 2017* (3.4%) [behind Swimming, Soccer, AFL, Cricket, Basketball, Tennis, Athletes and Rugby League]
• 0-4 years: “Learning to swim is the most common organised out-of-school physical activity for very young children, although a significant proportion of 0-4 year old girls participate in recreational dancing and/or gymnastics.”
• Girls aged 0-4 years – Gymnastics is number 3 on the list of organised out-of-school physical activities* (6.2%) [behind Swimming and recreational Dancing]
• Boys aged 0-4 years – Gymnastics is number 3 on the list of organised out-of-school physical activities* (4.1%) [behind Swimming and Soccer]
• Girls aged 5-8 years – Gymnastics is number 2 on the list of organised out-of-school physical activities* (22.8%) [behind Swimming]
• Girls aged 9-11 years – Gymnastics is number 3 on the list of organised out-of-school physical activities* (11.8%) [behind Swimming and Netball]

*respondents’ children participated in abovementioned activities at least once per year

Other key findings of interest to Gymnastics include:

• “Girls prefer ‘non-sport related’ physical activity between the ages 0-14 years” hence, the Launchpad suite of programs and fundamental movement programs offer by Gymnastics are a great opportunity to capture this key demographic of potential participants.
• “The main barrier to young children’s participation in organised out-of-school-hours sport or physical activity is their parents’ perception that they are too young to start playing” hence, this is a great time to inform parents of the age-appropriate fundamental movement programs such as KinderGym, GymFun and Launchpad.
• “85% of parents believe that 0-4 years is too young to participate in organised sport outside of school hours” – this is a great opportunity to let parents know about the concept of how physical literacy at an early age not only helps to increase longevity in sport participation and/or skill ability, but also assists in life long participation in physical activity.  Physical literacy has also been shown to help children in their academic education in the classroom.
• “While over two-thirds of Australian children participate in organised out-of-school sport, fewer than 20% meet daily physical activity recommendations.”

View the full research findings: https://www.ausport.gov.au/news/asc_news/story_669277_more_kids_trying_sport,_but_activity_levels_still_fall_short