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Continued participation in sport can result in higher numeracy and literacy scores.

April 6, 2024

The facts are in! Continued participation in sport can result in higher numeracy and literacy scores.


A recent study of Australian children by the University of Sydney focused on ‘Sport Participation for Academic Success.’

The primary aim of this study was to identify long-term patterns of sport participation from childhood into adolescence and to examine the association between these patterns and academic outcomes. The results are remarkable!

Continued participation in sport resulted in:

  • Lower odds of being absent from school
  • Better performance on attention and working memory
  • Higher numeracy and literacy scores
  • Higher end of school academic performance
  • Higher odds of studying at university


The good news is, the Duke of Ed Framework recognises the impact sport can have on wellbeing and the role it plays in developing critical life skills for young people.

We know from research conducted by the Australian Sports Commission; a significant number of young people cease participating in organised sport from the age of 13 years. This is where the Duke of Ed Framework comes into play.

“From the age of 14 years, young Australians that use our Framework will participate in physical recreation. This can help improve their physical and mental wellbeing, foster teamwork, build resilience and develop leadership skills.

“Additionally, our Duke 4Sport Partner program is growing from strength to strength. It’s not only encouraging young people to continue with or to try a new sport. It’s also been successful for our partner organisations in player acquisition and retention, as well as attracting volunteers to help with their club”, says Peter Kaye, CEO – Duke of Ed.


Learn more about the Duke of Ed Framework HERE

Interested in becoming a Duke 4Sport Partner? Learn how HERE