National Reports

UK Physical Activity Guidelines

In July 2011 the Chief Medical Officer released a report presenting new physical activity guidelines for all four UK home countries, covering early years; children and young people; adults; and older adults.

The documents available include:

  • Start Active, Stay Active: a report on physical activity for health from the four home countries’ Chief Medical Officers
  • Fact sheet 1: Early years (under 5s)
  • Fact sheet 2: Early years (under 5s capable of walking)
  • Fact sheet 3: Children and young people (5-18 years)
  • Fact sheet 4: Adults (19-64 years)
  • Fact sheet 5: Older adults (65+ years)
  • Making the case for UK Physical Activity Guidelines for Early Years.

Go to the Department of Health’s website to download these documents.

Key Reports

“Moving More, Living More: The Physical Activity Olympic & Paralympic Legacy for the Nation” (Cabinet Office) Moving More, Living More, from the UK Government, Mayor of London and Lord Coe, tackles UK ambitions for a more physically active nation. The document includes some key data, ‘Areas for Action’ and information on current interventions – all of which are useful for inclusion in funding applications.

“Let’s Get Physical” (Mental Health Foundation) This report makes a case for physical activity being viewed as the means to improve lives and protect mental health, bringing together current research in the area.

“Game of Life” (Sport and Recreation Alliance) A comprehensive literature review on the benefits of physical activity in the areas of physical health, mental health, education and employment, anti-social behaviour and crime and social cohesion.

“Tackling Physical Inactivity – A Coordinated Approach” (All Party Commission on Physical Activity) Physical inactivity leads to 37,000 deaths per year in the UK more than from murder, suicide and accidents combined. The latest document from the All Party Commission explores a long-term vision for the integration of physical activity into everybody’s everyday lives. The Commission’s recommendations will shape future national and local policy, in the areas of ‘Active Schools’, ‘Active Workplaces’ and ‘Active Towns and Cities’.

“Turning the Tide of Inactivity” (UKactive)

UKactive have released ‘Turning the Tide of Inactivity’ to investigate the causes of physical activity, nationally, regionally and at local borough level. See page 19 for data specific to the West Midlands. The report examines other factors associated with inactivity such as deprivation and premature deaths.


British Heart Foundation National Centre

The BHF research team translate research into practical applications and conduct intervention and programme evaluations. Their publications include “The Economic Cost of Physical Inactivity” and “Making the Case for Physical Activity”, there are also regular evidence briefings, practise briefings and information on sedentary behaviour. These are all available on their website.

Click here for their research and evaluation section

Children and Young People

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization also has its own publications page with many documents on physical activity promotion.

Young and Physically Active: a blueprint for making physical activity appealing to youth (World Health Organization)


StreetGames support projects providing sports and volunteering opportunities to young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK. See their Academic Research page, where they share learning and good practise in engaging young people in physical activity.

White Papers

Engaging Children in Physical Activity (Source: Precor) This report looks at the current trend of inactivity in children, along with the associated challenges with increasing their physical activity and recommendations for overcoming these.

‘Healthy Children’ (Source: Playforce) This paper examines the roles of parents and schools in encouraging children to take part in outside play.



Disability Provision in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin – June 2011

Energize Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin wanted to explore the current state of sport provision for people with disabilities across the area from the perspectives of both the users, specifically adults with a disability, and the service providers.

In June 2011 Energize STW commissioned Enventure to carry out a programme of research with the providers of sport and physical activity in order to review current levels of provision for people with disabilities. Download the full report or download a summary of the results.

English Federation of Disability Sports (EFDS)

The EFDS have their own research and insight section, which you can filter to research from the West Midlands.

Motivate Me: Understanding what motivates and appeals to disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity (EFDS) Connecting to the core values inherently important to disabled people can enable providers to design and market physical activities so that they are more appealing.

Active Together (EFDS) ‘Active Together’ provides evidence-based findings from talking to providers and participants- both disabled and non-disabled people. Findings highlight that there are mutual benefits in providing integrated activities, as well as challenges to overcome for both providers and participants.

Loughborough University have developed Fit for Life factsheets for adults with disabilities. The resources outline the benefits of physical activity and how adults with specific disabilities can get fitter and healthier. Click here to view the factsheets.


The Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) has a wealth of documents with data on current participation and resources to deliver physical activity projects aimed at women, see their Resources.

Download ‘Women and Informal Sport’ (WSFF)

‘Women and Sport’ (Culture, Media and Sport Committee)

Nationally there is over a 10% gap between men and women participating once a week. The report is a comprehensive inquiry into the barriers restricting women’s participation, covering the availability of facilities, sponsorship and prize money in elite sport, media coverage of women’s sport, the variety of sports on offer to girls at school and the importance of female role models.

Other Reports

‘Systematic Review of the Literature on Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in Sport and Physical Recreation’ (Source: Sport England) This is a summary version, if you would like the full report please click here. This document looks at the barriers black and minority ethnicities face to sport participation, along with the nature of their participation and recommendations for policy makers working in increasingly diverse communities.

Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin 2012 Achievements Report

Following the success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the numerous events and activities that happened across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin as a result of the Games, the STW 2012 Group has written a report outlining the many fantastic projects and achievements made since it was announced that London got the Games in 2005.

There are two versions available to download here – a version containing photos and images and one without images and written in 12pt font for easier reading.

Download the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin 2012 Achievements Report – Full Version

Download the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Achievements Report – DDA Version in 12pt text