Statistical activity code: 40412
Sports participants by sport, county, sex and age group
Managers, coaches and instructors and other employees of sports organisations by sex and county
Sports organisations by type and county
Income and expenditures of sports organisations by county
Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)
Classification of sports
Coaches and instructors – people who carry out trainings. Coaches have a coaching vocation certificate and instructors don’t.
County sports union – an association of sports clubs operating in a county which, as a member of the national Olympic Committee, represents sport in the county and has the exclusive right to organise county championships and grant the corresponding titles.
Employees – include personnel with all forms of contract relations, self-employees and volunteers.
National Olympic Committee – an organisation which unites county sports unions, sports federations, sports associations and, under the conditions provided for in the Olympic Charter, natural persons and organises common activities and develops and protects the sports and Olympic movement in Estonia.
Olympic sports – sports that are part of the Olympic Games programme during the year of the last data collection and have sportsmen in Estonia.
Other sports – sports that are not separately represented in the sports classification.
Sports association – an association of sports clubs operating or natural persons acting in a specified field of sport (amateur sport, recreational sport, schools port, student sport, sport for disabled people, company sport, veteran sport, etc.) or on the regional principle.
Sports club – a legal person in private law with the main activity of enabling participation in sports, organising sports events or other sports-related activities, which take place mainly in Estonia. Operating sports facilities is not considered a function of sports clubs.
Sports federation – a national association of sports clubs practising a sport, which, as a member of the international sports federation of the sport and a member of the national Olympic Committee, represents the sport and has the exclusive right to organise national championships and grant the corresponding titles.
Sports participant (sportsman) – prior to 2017, a sports participant was a person who regularly participated in amateur or professional sports through a sports organisation. From 2017, a sports participant is a person who is at least five years old, lives in Estonia and practices a sport at any level in a sports organisation regularly at least once a week during the season or half year.
Sports organisations, people engaged in sports in these organisations and employees of sports organisations. The sports schools that have managers other than sports organisations are not included.
Sports organisations who submitted a report to the Estonian Sports Register
Estonia as a whole
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Notifications about the dissemination of statistics are published in the release calendar, which is available on the website. Every year on 1 October, the release times of the statistical database, news releases, main indicators by IMF SDDS and publications for the following year are announced in the release calendar (in the case of publications – the release month).
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More information on sports statistics is available at the website of the Estonian Sports Register https://www.spordiregister.ee/en/main.
Data are published in the statistical database at https://andmed.stat.ee/en/stat under the subject area “Social life / Culture / Sports / Sports clubs” in the following tables:
KU161: Sports organisations by type and practising
KU162: Active sports organisations by county and type
KU163: Sportsmen by county, age group and sex
KU164: Olympic sports sportsmen by county, sport, sex and age group
KU165: Non-olympic sports sportsmen by county, sport, sex and age group
KU166: Employees of sports organisations with sportsmen by county, occupation and sex
KU168: Income and expenditure of sports organisations by county
The dissemination of data collected for the purpose of producing official statistics is guided by the requirements provided for in § 33, § 34, § 35, § 36, § 38 of the Official Statistics Act. Access to microdata and anonymisation of microdata are regulated by Statistics Estonia’s procedure for dissemination of confidential data for scientific purposes.
Data serve as input for statistical activity 50101 “Regional development”.
To assure the quality of processes and products, Statistics Estonia applies the EFQM Excellence Model, the European Statistics Code of Practice and the Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (ESS QAF). Statistics Estonia is also guided by the requirements in § 7. “Principles and quality criteria of producing official statistics” of the Official Statistics Act.
Statistics Estonia performs all statistical activities according to an international model (Generic Statistical Business Process Model – GSBPM). According to the GSBPM, the final phase of statistical activities is overall evaluation using information gathered in each phase or sub-process; this information can take many forms, including feedback from users, process metadata, system metrics and suggestions from employees. This information is used to prepare the evaluation report which outlines all the quality problems related to the specific statistical activity and serves as input for improvement actions.
Ministry of Culture
Since 1996, Statistics Estonia has conducted reputation and user satisfaction surveys. All results are available on the website of Statistics Estonia in the section User surveys.
Using administrative data ensures data accuracy. Units not submitting the questionnaire are excluded; this may result in undercoverage.
During data entry, the people who enter the data in the register may make mistakes which are impossible to discover. Institutions may not update all the data annually as required.
Until 2019, the data were well comparable between counties and Tallinn. Since 2020, the sport participants of sports clubs with branches are shown in the branch location, whereas before they were included in the location of the sports organisation. This change caused a significant decrease in the number of sport participants in Tallinn and an increase, e.g., in Tartu and Viljandi counties. The biggest change occurred in the numbers of bodybuilding and fitness sport participants and aerobics and group training sport participants in counties. Geographical comparability at international level cannot be assessed.
The time series starts from 2010, excl. revenue/expenditure, which starts from 2012. The data are comparable over time (incl. by sport), but some data on sports organisations are missing for some years, as a result of which some data are undercovered. When comparing the data on hobbyists, occasional changes made in the sports classification should be taken into account. Since 2017, the data are received from the Estonian Sports Register as at 31 December, while in previous years, the data could be submitted within six months following the reference year.
The data on sports organisation types, their revenue and expenditure and sports participants are collected only by the Estonian Sports Register. Questions about participants in sports and fitness activities have been included in various surveys (e.g. the Time Use Survey, Tourism Module Survey, etc.), which are conducted multi-annually. The data collection methods and definitions vary by survey and differ from those used by the Estonian Sports Register, due to which the results are not comparable. For instance, the surveys take into account participation in sports outside sports clubs and consider certain activities not provided in sports clubs as fitness activities, etc.
The outputs of the statistical activity are coherent. Due to rounding, the sums received by adding numbers in tables are not always equal with the total.
Data on sports clubs, sports participants, employees as well as financial data as at 31 December are received from the Estonian Sports Register. The register does not impute the data of those organizations that have not provide data.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
Sports organisations submit data to the Estonian Sports Register.
Statistics Estonia receives the data from the Estonian Sports Register by e-mail.
The data are compared with the data of previous periods. All columns are checked to make sure that they have been completed as required.
Variables which were not collected but which are necessary for producing the output are calculated. New variables are calculated by applying arithmetic conversion to already existing variables.
Microdata are aggregated to the level necessary for analysis.
The collected data are converted into statistical output. This includes calculating additional indicators.