Social Capital

Sports participation

Evidence suggests that people who participate in sports and recreation enjoy better health and wellbeing and have a better quality of life [24-26]. When people are more productive and healthier, society benefits, and savings are made in the health system [25].

This indicator presents the total membership for Canterbury regional sports organisations (people who are members of clubs or school teams affiliated to the Canterbury regional sports body; may include Timaru, Grey and Westland for some sports). This indicator does not capture people who participate in non-organised/recreational sports (such as road cycling, mountain biking, running and swimming).

The figure shows that the total membership number of regional sports organisations in Canterbury has increased substantially over the period 2012 to 2016. The most recent data indicate that overall sports participation totalled 136,314 participants in 2016 (up from 123,471 in 2008). This level of participation is well above pre-earthquake levels, having increased by over 10,000 members during the post-earthquake period.

Note that it is not possible to secure membership data for every code in each year and some sports may also have changed the criteria by which membership is judged and counted. Changes to the definition of membership for cricket may largely explain the drop in total membership seen between 2015 and 2016.

Data Sources

Source: Sport Canterbury.
Survey/data set: Administrative data. Custom data request for Canterbury region.
Source data frequency: Annually.

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Updated: 25/10/2019