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Increase in sports participation and museums and galleries visits

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Latest DCMS Taking Part Survey figures published, covering adults and children in England.

The number of women participating in sport and physical activity has increased by more than 1 million since London won the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2005, according to the latest figures from participation survey Taking Part.

And since 2010, there has been an increase of 1.2 million people who have participated in at least one 30 minute session per week of moderate intensity sport, 700,000 were women.

Taking Part, a survey conducted by DCMS, Arts Council England, English Heritage and Sport England on participation in sport, heritage and the arts, has released its figures covering January to December 2012 and boasts some of the highest participation figures since it began 8 years ago.

Arts engagement increase

Visits to museums and galleries also rose to more than 50% of respondents, the first time since the survey began, an increase of 10% since 2005. Nearly three quarters of adults have visited a heritage site in the past year and 78% have attended or participated in the arts since 2010.

Arts engagement figures have also increased to their highest levels in urban areas since the survey began.

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