21 June 2016

UK Athletics and the Home Country Athletics Federations have announced record athletics participation figures as they launch a 10 year ambition to make athletics the number one individual sport in the country.

The number of people committing to athletics as members of clubs has increased dramatically in recent years with a 49% UK total growth in membership of athletics clubs between 2008 and 2015.

The numbers are available as part of a joint report created by the Home Country Athletics Federations to demonstrate the successful rise in participation in the sport. Increases have been seen across the UK level led by a rise of 96% in Northern Ireland, with the number of members of athletics clubs rising from 2800 to 5500 between 2008-2015.

With the IAAF World Championships and World Para-Athletics Championships coming to the UK in 2017, giving athletics the same profile it enjoyed during London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Home Country athletics federations believe the interest in athletics will continue to rise.

Niels de Vos, Chief Executive of British Athletics commented: “I’m delighted to see these record growth figures over the last eight years.

“It shows that athletics, the centrepiece of London 2012, led to a clear participation upsurge. With London 2017, Birmingham 2018 World Indoors and Glasgow 2019 European Indoors, the opportunity is there for UK Athletics and the Home Country Athletics Federations to increase these participation figures still higher.

“It is this shared ambition which is outlined in our joint work: ‘An Athletic Nation strategy.”

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