It's 'on your marks' as Glasgow welcomes the Commonwealth Games today, 23rd July. The nation will 'get set' to cheer on our sporting stars, but that national pride will also filter into local level community sports. Indeed, new research from TSB shows that sport is at the heart of the local community with three quarters of Scots (78%) believing that local sports teams and clubs play an important role and are having a positive impact upon our local communities.
According to the research, over a quarter of households in Scotland (27%) have at least one member that participates in sport locally each week, as part of a club, with nine-tenths (91%) of those saying that this involvement helps them to feel part of a sporting community.
TSB is pleased to see sport playing such an important part in the community, which is why we open up space in our branches for local clubs, societies and businesses to use, one of the branches offering space right in the home of the Commonwealth games is in West George Street in Glasgow.
Children are diving into sport, just like James Heatly
Scottish children are diving into sport from an early age as almost three fifths (78%) of households with kids have at least one child who is member of a local sports club.
Three fifths (78%)of Scottish parents believe that local sporting clubs play an important part in the local community whilst three quarters (75%) of parents in Scotland feel that this involvement has helped them to bond with other parents whose children already attend the club.
Football is the most popular local sports team
Football is Scotland's most popular local sport with a quarter (25%) of Scots who participate in sport locally being a member of their football squad, followed by swimming (17%), badminton(7%) and dancing (7%.)
Women, like Eilidh Child, are leading the way across the whole UK
Whilst the proportion of adult men participating in local sports clubs is higher (14%) than it is for women (6%), the research reveals that certain female age groups are leading the way in sport and showing determination, longevity and commitment.
On the clock
Children in further or higher education spend the most time participating in sport locally at 3.4 hours each week and their favourite sports teams or clubs are football (25%), followed by rugby (12%), cricket (11%), racquet sports (11%) and gymnastics (8%.)
Adults spend 3.2 hours a week doing football (22%), swimming (8%), running (5%) and cricket (5%.) This is followed by secondary school children at 2.8 hours who prefer football (31%), followed by swimming (13%), diving (8%) and cricket (6%.)
Primary and pre-school aged children spend 2.4 hours each week participating in sport locally with football (33%), followed by swimming (15%), dancing (8%), gymnastics (5%), rugby (5%) and running clubs (5%).
Iain McCall TSB Network Director for Scotland said, "Sport is at the heart of a community and as the nation unites together for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, this support ripples into local sports team, clubs and sporting stars. This not only enables people to lead a healthier life, but also makes a difference to the local communities in which TSB operates, helping them to thrive and prosper."
Notes to editors
*TSB research based an online survey was conducted on the 3rd July 2014, amongst 2,026 randomly selected British adults age 18+ who are also Springboard United Kingdom Community members. The margin of error-which measures sampling variability-is +/- 2.2%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current data on age, gender, region, and education from the most recent census data, to ensure the sample is representative of the entire adult population of the UK. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
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