Table 1

Demographic characteristics, outcome measures, engagement and Olympic inspiration in schoolchildren from the East of England measured 18±2 months following London 2012

 Boys, n=513Girls, n=418Boys’ ICCGirls’ ICC
Mean (SD)Mean (SD)
Age12.4 (1.46)12.3 (1.50)
Embedded Image (mL/kg/min)*44.2 (5.4)40.1 (5.6)R=0.11R=0.12
Physical activity (PAQ)2.92 (0.72)2.58 (0.61)R=0.10R=0.09
BMI (kg/m2)19.1 (4.1)19.8 (4.4)
BMI (z-score)0.32 (1.42)0.39 (1.24)R=0.09R=0.08
Deprivation (EID)11.6 (5.0)11.7 (6.5)R=0.27R=0.31
Ethnicity (White-British)93% (n=477)92.5% (n=387)
 Urban‡73% (n=138)75% (n=104)
 Rural‡27% (n=375)25% (n=314)
Followed 2012 Olympics
 A lot57.2% (n=293)60.1% (n=251)
 A little42.8% (n=220)39.9% (n=167)
Inspired to try new activity54.3% (n=279)49.3% (n=206)
Continued at 12 months45.2% (n=232)40.0% (n=167)
  • *Estimated from 20 m shuttle-run using the equation of Leger et al (1988).12

  • †Defined using the International Obesity Task Force criteria.

  • ‡Urban included urban, town and fringe, rural includes villages and isolated dwellings (National Statistics Postcode Directory, 2010).

  • BMI, body mass index, z-score calculated using the UK1990 Growth Reference (Cole et al, 1995); EID, English Indices of Deprivation (Office for National Statistics, 2010); ICC, intracluster correlation coefficients; PAQ, Physical Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents.