Thursday, December 06, 2012

Olympics boosts sailing

Sport England has just published a study showing that the Olympics did indeed increase participation in sport - by as much as 750,000, as reported here and here.

And you'll be glad to hear that sailing too has received a boost, with weekly participation rates (at least 4 days over last 28 days) up a good 23% on the previous year!! Woo hoo!

The study also published the rates for the last six years which shows a much bigger rise in 2007-8, also a Olympic year, but then a gradual easing off.

The total rise over the 6 years is a rather less impressive 0.6%, i.e. about 0.1% per year.

I suppose we should be grateful it has at least gone up, but the Olympic boost is less than in 2008 when it involvement increased 40% and the new peak is lower.

So the underlying numbers aren't as good as the headline figures are suggesting.

More work still to be done here.


Bursledon Blogger said...

difficult to believe - the weather's been so horrible this year we hardly did any sailing!!!!

JP said...

That's a good point, there's probably a strong correlation with weather.

Tillerman said...

Correlation is no proof of causation.