Sport participation

  • Nearly 7 in 10 inhabitants of Flanders practise sports

    Nearly 7 out of every 10 inhabitants of Flanders practised some kind of sport in 2018. In 2011, just 5 in every 10 inhabitants of Flanders did so. Since then, the proportion of sporting inhabitants of Flanders has only increased. Sports practice should be understood in the wider sense: it also includes walking and recreational cycling. 

  • Many people practise more than 1 sport

    Inhabitants of Flanders often practise more than 1 sport. In 2018, 6 in every 10 sporters practised 2 or more sports. The share of people who practise 2 or more sports has gradually risen. 

     
    Those who engage in sports, do so on a fairly regular basis: 2 in every 10 sporters practised daily in 2018 and 4 in every 10 several times a week. 

  • Walking and cycling are the most widely practised sports. Running and physical fitness are also popular. Football is the only team sport to feature in the top 10 of the most widely practised sports. Gymnastics entered the top 10 for the first time in 2018. 

  • More sports practice by men, people with high education and youngsters

    There are more sports practisers among men than among women. Nearly 7 in every 10 men practise some kind of sport. For women, this figure is 6 in every 10. People with high education and youngsters are better represented than people with low education and elderly people. Viewed by type of household, the differences are negligible. 

  • Minor difference in sport participation according to place of residence

    In 2018, there were barely any differences in sport participation according to degree of urbanisation. 

Sources

Statistics Flanders: SCV survey 

Publication date

19 February 2019

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