Sport Englandâ€™s Active People Survey shows that participation in football continues to decrease from 4.97% to 4.33% of the population and that 94% of participants are male. In fact, if walking is excluded, swimming is the national sport for participation, and 64% of participants are female. Running and cycling, in which the sexual division of play is also much more equal, are not far behind. This is important because the â€œbooming national sportâ€ narrative appears to legitimise spending more money on football than any other sport. This means Sport England funding per participant is Â£38 for football, but only Â£8 for swimming, Â£11 for athletics and Â£16 for cycling. In participation terms, football is neither the national sport nor booming. So, in what way does this constitute financial fair play?
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