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Sport: Young People

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ouseley Lord Ouseley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any reduction in local authorities' expenditure on sports facilities and playing fields on opportunities for young people's participation in sport, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The latest Active People Survey figures, published in June, show that, during the period April 2012 to April 2013, 15.3 million people, aged 16 and over, are playing sport at least once a week, an increase of 1.4 million more than when London won the Olympic and Paralympic bid.

This includes 3.856 million 16-25 year olds and it is encouraging that this age group is showing signs of growth.

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