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Statistical bulletin on attendance at live sport events published

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) today published: Attendance at live sports events by adults in Northern Ireland: Findings from the 2011/12 Continuous Household Survey.
Thursday, 9 May 2013

Key findings:

  • Nearly three in every ten people (29%) had spectated at one or more live sports events in Northern Ireland within the last year.
  • The three most popular live spectator sports in Northern Ireland over the previous year were soccer (10%), Gaelic (8%) and rugby (6%). Gaelic/ hurling spectators attended live events in their particular sports in Northern Ireland more frequently than soccer or rugby spectators within the previous year, with three-fifths (60%) of Gaelic/ hurling spectators watching once a month or more (40% soccer; 37% rugby).
  • Over a fifth (21%) of those from a Catholic community background had attended a live Gaelic or hurling sporting event in Northern Ireland within the last year, compared to less than 1% of respondents from a Protestant community background. Live cricket and hockey events in Northern Ireland were almost exclusively attended by those from a Protestant community background.
  • Over half (54%) of all respondents stated that there was nothing that would encourage them to go to watch sport/ more sport at a live event in Northern Ireland. Women were more likely than men to give this response (62% of women; 37% of men) and those who had not spectated at a live event in Northern Ireland within the previous year (non-spectator 63%; spectator 32%).
  • Those from the 20% least deprived areas were more likely to have spectated at a live sporting event (33%) than those from the 20% most deprived areas (24%). Those from the most deprived 20% areas were less likely than all other areas to have attended a live sports event in Northern Ireland over the previous year.

Notes to editors:

  1. 1. The bulletin presents the findings from the 2011/12 Continuous Household Survey (CHS), a Northern Ireland wide household survey administered by Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). The sample for this survey consisted of a systematic random sample of 4,500 addresses selected from the Land and Property Services’ list of private addresses.
  2. 2. This bulletin is based on 3,690 respondents aged 16 years and over. The responses were weighted in relation to age and gender to take account of those who had not responded. This resulted in the profile of the responses being more representative of the population.
  3. 3. The bulletin is available on the DCAL website
    In keeping with government policy, no hard copies of this report have been published. Requests or enquiries concerning this publication should be directed to:
    Research and Statistics Branch
    Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
    Causeway Exchange
    1-7 Bedford Street
    Belfast BT2 7EG
    Tel: 028 90 816971
    Email: Sean Mallon
  4. 4. For media enquiries please contact DCAL Communications Office 028 9051 5048. Out of office hours, contact the EIS Duty Press Officer on pager 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.