Volleyball Participation Continues to Rise
13th December 2016
Sport England has announced its latest Active People Survey (APS) results (8 December 2016) which show that almost 5,000 more people are now playing volleyball on a weekly basis compared to six months ago. The figures also show that over the past four years, there are almost 10,000 more people playing volleyball, bringing the total to34,000 people playing volleyball for at least 30 minutes each week.
Janet Inman, interim CEO of Volleyball England said: “The overall figures are pleasing and it is good to continue our steady progress. The results have also shown us that growth has come from more people playing at organised sessions, demonstrating the fantastic work that our clubs and volunteers are doing to welcome new members.”
“We have also seen a rise in the number of black and minority ethnic (BME) participants which underlines that volleyball is an inclusive and diverse sport. Our new strategy will be looking at additional ways that we can work with our clubs and partners to build on these figures.”
Keith Nicholls, Acting President of Volleyball England, added: “Volleyball is a vibrant sport that is played by millions of people across the world and I am delighted that we are now showing steady growth here in England. I am looking forward to working with the clubs, volunteers and the team at Volleyball England in pushing forward the new strategy for the sport.