L-R John Sweeney, Clare Sports Partnership, Keith Wood, Former Ireland Rugby International, Rosie Foley, Former Ireland rugby International and Channel Swimmer and Podge Collins, Footballer and All Ireland Winning Hurler pictured at Clarisford Park in Killaloe. Pic Arthur Ellis. NO REPRO FEE
Study shows economic boost from increased participation in sport
A new study into public participation in sport and exercise, the first of its kind ever undertaken in Ireland, has found that the Clare economy could benefit from an annual injection of 1 million euro as a result of just 5% of the population taking up a new exercise or sport activity.
A Sports Impact Review undertaken by W2 Consulting on behalf of Clare Local Sports Partnership (CLSP) examined teenage participation in sport through the GOYA programme and the Youth Basketball initiative, as well as female participation in sport through the Meet & Train programme and Women on Wheels cycling initiative.
The Review found the average adult spend on sports goods and services as a result of taking up a new exercise or sport to be 152.50. It also found that more than half of all of adults (51.7%) and 83% of teenagers have taken up a new sport or activity as a direct result of participating in the CLSP programmes.
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