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)

Latest Active Lives Figures

The latest figures from the Sport England Active Lives Adult Survey were released on the 22nd March 2018 and continue to provide an insight into the activity levels of the population. This is the third survey capturing data between November 2016 and November 2017. Unfortunately, there is not enough data collected at this point to present meaningful patterns or trends over time or provide predictions for the future but this survey does provide a solid oversight of activity levels across England.

National headlines

The results highlight the notion of consistency compared to previous surveys, demonstrating that for the most part there has been much stability around people’s activity levels. The data shows that across England, approximately 6 out of 10 adults remain “active” (completing at least 150 minutes physical activity a week), whilst about 1 in 4 adults continue to be “inactive” (doing less than 30 minutes physical activity a week). Being active continues to be lowest amid those who are classed as having the lowest social grade (i.e. unemployed) and highest amongst those in the highest social grade (i.e. managerial, administrative and professional occupations); and vice versa for inactivity. There have been no changes in activity levels for either men, women or among people with a disability compared to 12 months ago. However, there has been a big increase (of almost 500,000 people) in the amount of people walking for travel.

Levels of activity is also captured across the different age ranges starting from the age of 16. This data presents itself as very similar to 12 months ago, however there are a couple of interesting differences. Inactivity has increased in those aged between 25 to 34 and decreased for those between 65 and 74, yet inactivity tends to increase with age. Nevertheless, the biggest surge in inactive people comes between the ages 75 and 84 (48%) and age 85+ (71%). Furthermore, the number of people that are classed as being active has increased in those aged 55 to 74 but decreased for people aged between 16 and 34.

Local Active Lives Results

Some of the information is further refined to provide information on a more local level; meaning it is possible to pick out the data relevant to Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. Again, the results seem quite similar to the previous results and highlight that for the most part Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin are comparable to the results of both the West Midlands and England as a whole. However, there does appear to be a difference between activity levels in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin, with Shropshire being more active and less inactive. Moreover, there is a statistically significant (highlighted by *) difference between these results and the previous ones within Telford and Wrekin for both active and inactive levels as well as, the amount of people who have taken part in sport or physical activities at least twice in the last 28 days implying that Telford and Wrekin residents are less active compared to the previous year. One significant factor could be the increasing number of people aged between 25 and 34 (where the activity levels have fallen as overall) living in Telford and Wrekin due to new affordable housing developments?  Further evidencing the need to plan for ‘Building Active Families’ as identified in Energize Active Lives Strategy.

Year 1 Year 2
 Local Authority Active Fairly active Inactive Taken part 2/28 days Active Fairly active Inactive Taken part 2/28 days
England 62.10% 12.40% 25.60% 77.20% 61.80% 12.50% 25.70% 77.2%
West Midlands 58.70% 12.90% 28.40% 74.20% 57.60% 13% 29.50% 73%
Telford & Wrekin 60.00% 14.50% 25.50% 76% 51.40%* 12.30% 36.40%* 66.3%*
Shropshire 63.80% 12.00% 24.20% 78.5% 59.90% 14% 25.80%  77.9%


View this data and more via: Active Lives Nov 16/17 Report


Active Lives Children & Young People Survey

The results from Sport England’s first Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People were released on 6th December 2018.

The full report summarises the activity levels of young people (aged 5 -16) in England from Sept 2017 – July 2018.

Here is a presentation and a short report summarising the headlines relating to Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

You can also read the full press release.

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