Active Lives Survey

The Sport England Active Lives Surveys measure the activity levels of people across England.

There are two surveys: Active Lives Adult, which is published twice a year, and the world-leading Active Lives Children and Young People, which is published annually.

Both give a unique and comprehensive view of how people are getting active.

 

The Active Lives Adult Survey breaks down the activity levels across the country, down to Unitary Authority level, and also provides data on the types of activity people take part in. The survey provides information on Volunteering levels, and information on how sport and physical activity also impacts on mental wellbeing and loneliness.

Active Lives Adults November 2019 - 20 - National Headlines
  • Nationally there has been a significant decrease in activity levels and a significant increase in inactivity when compared to the data from 18-19. 
  • The data shows that between mid-November 2019 and mid-November 2020, just over six in 10 adults achieved 150+ minutes of activity a week.
  • The pandemic led to unprecedented decreases in activity levels and, as a result, the latest annual results show the following changes compared to 12 months earlier: 700,000, -1.9% fewer active adults & 1.2 million +2.6% more inactive adults.
  • Disabled people, people aged 70 and over, people with long-term health conditions and people from Black, Asian and other ethnic groups were disproportionately impacted.

West of England Headlines November 19/20

  • Wesport have seen a 1.3% decrease in the number of active people, a 1.3% decrease in the number of fairly active people and a 2.7% increase in inactive people compared to the 18/19 data. 
  • Bath and North East Somerset have seen a 6% decrease in the number of active people, a 3.9% decrease in the number of fairly active people and a 2.1% increase in inactive people compared to the 18/19 data.
  • Bristol have no significant changes in the number of active people, a 2.8% decrease in the number of fairly active people and a 3.1% increase in inactive people compared to the 18/19 data.
  • North Somerset were the only Unitary Authority to see a small (0.7%) increase in the number of active people, a 4.3% decrease in the number of fairly active people and a 3.5% increase in inactive people compared to the 18/19 data. 
  • South Gloucestershire have seen a 1.2% decrease in the number of active people, no significant decrease in the number of fairly active people and a 1.7% increase in inactive people compared to the 18/19 data. 

A table for the latest data can be found here