The annual Watersports Participation Survey results have just been released and within it are some exciting figures for Canoeing.
The survey commissioned by leading bodies such as British Marine Federation, British Canoeing, Royal Yachting Association, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Marine Management Organisation, highlights the many different areas of Watersport Participation. This includes Participation in the UK, Boat Ownership, Participations by Gender and Age, Seasonal Participation and more, this can be useful when looking at possible ways to increase participation in Canoeing.
Out of any boating activities, canoeing came out on top with over 1.5 million adult UK residents participating last year alone. This is an increase on last year’s figures with 3.1% of adults now participating in canoeing. The overall participation in boating activities has remained at a similar level to 2013 with 7.1% of adults participating.
Female participation in any boating activity continues to rise. In canoeing Female participation rates are now at the highest they have been since the study began in 2002, a 56% increase in fact. With the help of the excellent Sport England This Girl Can campaign British Canoeing hope to continue to grow the numbers of women and girls enjoying canoeing as a sport and leisure activity.
There is also a steady increase in participation for the 55 plus age group. This has increased by 66% since 2002.
Over 320,000 households now own a canoe or kayak – an increase of 55% since the 2008/10 survey.
It is fantastic to see such positive figures for our sport and at British Canoeing we aim to keep the figures increasing in the coming years.
Arkenford has continuously conducted the research since 2002 and therefore provides a unique picture of watersports participation in the UK over the last 13 years. It enables us to compare not only what happened over the last 12 months but also look at this in relation to the previous years.