The most popular sport in England is swimming, followed by athletics, football and cycling in second, third and fourth places, respectively. As of April 2013, 2.9 million people participate in swimming events and 1.96 million people participate in athletic events. About 1.87 million people take to cycling in England.
The London Olympic Games and the Tour de France may have contributed to this rise in interest in swimming, athletics and cycling.
Rugby union, golf and football have seen significant drops in the numbers of participants, while swimming, tennis and boxing are on the rise in popularity.