WEST Yorkshire has officially set the pace for sport.
New figures have shown a significant rise in the number of children taking part in at least two hours per week of sporting activities.
Statistics show that Yorkshire has produced more young sporting leaders and volunteers than any other region.
West Yorkshire has more than four times the number of young volunteers than other sub-regions.
The school sport survey, carried out by the DFES, looked at more than 16,800 schools in School Sport Partnerships.
It revealed that 80% of pupils now take part in at least two hours of high quality PE and sport.
This figure exceeds Government targets to revitalise sport in schools and tackle obesity.
Playing a significant role in increasing access to sport is the Step into Sport programme.
The programme encourages 14 to 19 year olds to get involved in sports leadership and volunteering.
In the last year, almost 1,000 pupils in the region have been involved in sports volunteering through the scheme.
This more than double any other region.
Nigel Harrison, director of West Yorkshire Sport, said: "Students in West Yorkshire have grasped the opportunities with huge enthusiasm."