Bingo Beats Tennis in UK Participation Index

toby lester
Written by Toby Lester
Published on Friday 16th December 2016, 12:08 pm
Posted in: Bingo General

Bingo General

There are now more monthly bingo players in Britain than there are tennis players, a recent report has suggested. And that number looks set to grow and grow.

There are now more monthly bingo players in Britain than there are tennis players, a recent report has suggested, and that number looks set to grow and grow.

Once upon a time, bingo was considered the pursuit of elderly people gathered together in retirement home lounges, cardigans buttoned and dabbers primed in the hope of winning a picnic hamper or a bottle of gin. But today, bingo is one of the fastest growing leisure pursuits in the United Kingdom, and is popular with people of all ages and demographics — yes, trendy gin drinkers included.

According to a report in The Mirror, the number of people taking part in bingo games across the UK is now greater than the number of people who play tennis. Although some 1.7 million Brits regularly play the quintessentially British sport, an even more impressive 1.9 million Brits now take part in bingo on a monthly basis.

If bingo were a sport, The Mirror suggests, it would now rank sixth in the UK’s popularity index, above tennis and hot on the heels of golf, as exhibited by the following statistics from Sport England.

Rank Sport Monthly Participants
1 Swimming 10 million
2 Running/athletics 9.2 million
3 Cycling 8 million
4 Football 7.2 million
5 Golf 3 million
6 Tennis 1.7 million
7 Badminton 1.6 million
8 Equestrian 1.1 million
9 Bowls 850,000
10 Squash 822,000

The news that bingo has rocketed in popularity should come as no surprise to regular players of the game. In April this year, Mecca Bingo staff launched a campaign to make bingo an official event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and players were quick to add their support.

Even if we don’t see Britain taking the gold for bingo anytime soon, there’s no denying that the game is becoming an increasingly important part of British culture, and has only been spurred on by the advent of online gaming and play-anywhere mobile bingo. At this rate, it won’t be long before we see two million monthly participants!

Share this news story:

Related News Articles

Bingo General

Gala Bingo Identifies the Happiest Place in the UK

A poll of more than 2,000 Brits by Gala Bingo has identified that the happiest place in the UK is Newcastle.

Thursday 13th April 2017, 12:19 pm
Bingo General

Bingo Clubs Prepare Mother’s Day Celebrations

The UK will be celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday 26 March, and bingo clubs up and down the country are planning to make things extra special to mark the occasion.

Thursday 16th March 2017, 9:01 am
Bingo General

Bingo Popularity Growing Year on Year

A new report recently published by the Gambling Commission reveals that bingo popularity has grown significantly over the last few years.

Thursday 2nd March 2017, 9:50 am Facebook

You first need to login to Facebook to view this page because it contains age restricted content.

Go to Facebook and Login