STW Participation Data

Active Lives Survey

Sport England’s new Active Lives Survey will focus on a more inclusive analysis of how the active the population is and the impact this makes on people’s lives.

The first results will be reported on 26th January 2017 by Sport England and it will include;
  • Inactivity measures
  • The proportion of the population who have taken part in sport / physical activity at least twice in the last month
  • Results of new question about experiencing live sport (which you will remember was an element of new Government Strategy for Sport)
Although the survey will still survey 500 people (aged 14+) for each local authority area the methods and analysis for the Active Lives survey is more inclusive in the following ways;
  • It is undertaken online and also available in paper version
  • It recognises more activities including walking, gardening and some more forms of dancing
  • It recognises all activity that is ten mins or more in length (Active People only recognised 30 mins or more)
  • It takes account of both moderate and vigorous level activity (Active People only recognised moderate)

New Active Lives Figures Released

The first release of Active Lives data today (26th Jan 2017) determines the number of people who are inactive, fairly active and active, as well as the number of people taking in sport/ physical activity at least twice in the past month.

National headlines

The new measures suggest that approx. 1 in 4 adults are ‘inactive’ – ie doing less than 30mins activity in a typical week.  The majority of the remainder, 60% of all adults, are described as ‘active’ as they report that they take part in more than 150 mins of activity per week – which is the Chief Medical Officers minimum recommendation for good health.  The remainder, approx. 14% of adults are described as ‘fairly active’ in the report.

The results also continue to still show a difference in activity levels between men and women; although the gender gap is reduced compared to the previous Active People Survey.  This could be attributed to the new activities which have been captured in the Active Lives survey – and provide some high level insight into activities which are more popular amongst women . Further data illustrates the negative impact of multiple impairments on activity levels and people classed as having a lower social grade (ie unemployed or having routine occupations) are more likely to be inactive.

Local Active Lives Results

The first announcement also offers some results at a more local level and as can be seen in the results below, data for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin shows there are likely to be slightly less people who are inactive and more people who are active and taking part in at least two sessions in the last 28 days, compared to regional and national averages.



(< 30 minutes per week)*

Fairly Active

(30-149 minutes per week)*


(150+ minutes per week)*

Two sessions of sport/ physical activity in the last 28 days
Shropshire 19.3% 9.5% 71.2% 78.5%
Telford 21% 14.3% 64.7% 76%
Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin 19.9% 11.2% 68.9% 77.6%
West Midlands 24% 13.2% 62.8% 74.2%

*These measures include gardening activities.

This data will provide a new baseline and start a new time series of results. Currently, only the national results have been split into demographic groups . A new interactive tool will allow further interrogation of the data, filtering to different ages, genders and more. Sport England will also be undertaking a more in-depth analysis into specific activities and demographics which will be published during February and March.

The number of people attending at least two live sporting events in the past 12 months is also captured as a result of the Government’s strategy for sport released last year.

View this data and more via: Active Lives Year One Report (see links to the data tables at the bottom of the pages).  Full news story

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