Active People Survey
You can find the latest Active People Survey results for England and Hertfordshire in the tab on the left hand side.
The Active People Survey continuously measures the number of people taking part in sport across the nation and in local communities.
Active People is the largest survey of sport and activity ever carried out in Europe. TNS-BMRB runs the survey on behalf of Sport England.
- The largest sample size ever established for a survey of its kind – 165,000 adults (age 14 and over) in Active People Survey 8.
- Comparative data stretching back to 2005/6 – annual data gathered since 2007/8
- Findings are published every six months
- Provides estimates of the number of people taking part in sport
- Tracks how often people take part in sport and what sports they do
- Tracks variations between different regions
- Allows analysis by demographic factors such as gender, social class, ethnicity, age and disability
- Also tracks regular sport volunteering, club membership, involvement in competition, levels of tuition or coaching
The key measure is the ‘1 x 30’ indicator. This is defined as the percentage of the adult population participating in sport, at moderate intensity, for at least 30 minutes on at least four days out of the last four weeks (equivalent to 30 minutes on one or more day a week).
The indicator does not include recreational walking or recreational cycling. It does include more strenuous walking activities, such as hill walking, rambling and powerwalking.
For those aged 65 and over, it includes light intensity activities such as yoga, pilates, bowls, archery and croquet.
Besides the activities listed above, this includes cycling if done at least once a week at moderate intensity for 30 minutes.
The questionnaire is available to download.
- Landline telephone interviews using random digit dialling with adults aged 16 and over – this was extended to age 14 and over in July 2012
- Calls are made throughout the year and at different times across each day
- Around 500 interviews per district and single tier local authority since 2007/8, 1,000 interviews per local authority in 2005/6
For more details download the technical report.
Consultation on Active People and Taking Part Surveys
DCMS and Sport England consulted during 2012 on proposed changes to the way we measure sport in the Active People and Taking Part surveys. The results of the consultation are available to download.
Following the consultation we are:
- Carrying out online and mobile phone data collection pilots
- Continuing to ask sport questions in Taking Part but on behalf of Sport England. This means DCMS will not analyse or report on the sport participation data but the face-to-face data will be used to validate the Active People landline estimates
These steps allow Active People to become a fully mixed-mode survey over time.
This work has been informed by technical advice from the Methodology Advisory Service and the Government Statistical Service Methodological Advisory Committee within the Office of National Statistics and the survey contractors TNS BMRB.
Fieldwork for Active People Survey 8 began on 15 October 2013 and will run until 14 October 2014.
The latest findings, for the year to October 2014, were published in April 2015.
The first set of results was released in May 2014, and the full year results were released in April 2015
CLICK HERE to use the Active People Survey Tool