Zhejiang releases first National Fitness Development Index

On the occasion of the National Fitness Day on August 8, the Provincial Sports Bureau released the “2020 Zhejiang National Fitness Development Index Report” on August 5. This is the first time our province has released the NFDI to the society.

The index evaluation system consists of 3 first-level indicators, including “basic conditions for national fitness”, “participation degree” and “comprehensive effect”, 9 second-level indicators, including “fitness venues” and “fitness funds”, and 30 three-level indicators such as “per capita sports ground area” and “comprehensive satisfaction”. The survey covers 48 counties (cities, districts) in the province, and the big data comes from 33,768 valid questionnaires.

In 2020, Zhejiang scored 80.69 points out of 100 in NFDI, indicating a good overall development status. There is not much difference in the overall NFDI among cities across the province. Among them, Huzhou has the highest score of 85.54 points.

The report shows that the province’s national physique pass rate, the proportion of people who regularly participate in physical exercise, and the per capita sports ground area are among the top in the country. Specifically, the per capita sports ground area has grown rapidly. In 2020, the total area of sports venues in the province reached 149.5652 million square meters, an increase of 9.15% compared to 2019. The service level of public sports venues has been greatly improved. Zhejiang was included in the first batch of comprehensive pilot provinces for the opening of public sports venues by the State Sports General Administration. As of the end of 2020, the completion rate of public sports venues’ service improvement reached 49.4%. The scientific fitness guidance ability has been enhanced. In 2020, the number of registered social instructors per 1,000 people in Zhejiang reached 2.52.

However, the contradiction between the increasingly diversified and multi-level sports demands of the people and the insufficient effective supply of public sports services still exists. A number of key indicators such as “area of sports venues per capita” are still unevenly developed between cities across the province and between urban and rural areas. Li Qidi, deputy dean of the School of Physical Education and Health Sciences of Zhejiang Normal University, participated in the investigation. He said that in the next step, in the overall promotion of the rural revitalization of the 26 counties in the mountainous area, more attention will be paid to the construction of sports facilities in rural venues and to carry out diversified sports activities.

It is learned that starting from this year, Zhejiang will release the NFDI every year.