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 May 2020 - 21 - National Headlines
  • Compared to 12 months earlier, there were 700,000 (-1.9%) fewer active adults and 1 million (+2%) more inactive adults between mid-May 2020 and mid-May 2021.

  • While there are signs of recovery for activity levels as restrictions have eased, not all groups or demographics are affected or recovering at the same rate. 

  • Existing inequalities have been widened, with some groups hit much harder by the pandemic than others. This is the case for women, young people aged 16-34, over 75s, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, and those from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds. Those living in deprived areas and also those in urban areas found it harder to be active.

West of England Headlines May 2020 - 21
  • The West of England has seen the same trend as national activity levels, with a 2.6% decrease in the number of active adults (19,300 people) compared to 12 months earlier. Alongside an increase of 2.2% of inactive adults (22,600 people) in the same time period.

  • Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City and North Somerset have all seen a decrease in the number of active adults. However, South Gloucestershire has seen a 0.1% increase compared to 12 months ago.

  • All 4 Unitary Authorities have seen an increase in the number of inactive adults.

The diagrams below show the full activity levels for the West of England.

A table for the latest data can be found here