New Active Lives Survey gives insight into how people get active

New Active Lives Survey gives insight into how people get active

What the Active Lives Survey revealed

Following 10 years of the Active People Survey; the newly released ‘Active Lives Survey’ results by Sport England will offer a much broader insight into how people engage with sport and physical activity. Activities such as gardening, walking and active travel are all going to be included in future surveys, giving a more accurate picture of activity levels across the country.

In addition the new survey will explore individuals behavioural attitudes towards activity with such factors as motivations, capabilities to take part and perceptions of facilities/sports also measured. Overall the aim of the new format survey is to align the findings to reflect better the five Sport England outcomes as highlighted in their ‘Towards an Active Nation Strategy’ which are:-

  1. Physical Wellbeing
  2. Mental Wellbeing
  3. Social and Community Development
  4. Economic Development
  5. Individual Development

What does the latest survey show for our region?

Topline headlines for our area are overall positive, with key statistics to note being:-

Regional(South West)

  • The South West is the most active in the country with 69% of adults taking part in more than 150 minutes of activity per week.
  • 80.4% of adults took part in sport and physical activity at least twice in the last 28 days. This is better than England overall, which recorded 77.2%.

County(Gloucestershire)

  • Gloucestershire is the 10th most active county in England with 69.1% of people taking part in more than 150 minutes of activity per week.
  • Tewkesbury is the most active district in Gloucestershire with 72.6% of adults taking part in 150+ minutes of activity per week.
  • Gloucestershire saw 79.7% of adults taking part in sport and physical activity at least twice in the last 28 days. (this was the 11th highest of all CSPs)

The most popular activities people take part in are:-

1.Running
2.Fitness Class
3.Gym
4.Swimming
5.Exercise Machines
6.Football

Over the coming weeks we will be providing more in depth insight from the data released by Sport England in this latest survey and we look forward to future releases of the survey which will provide: more deeper analysis in local areas; comparisons to the Sport England five key outcome areas; volunteering data and behavioural attitudes towards sport and physical activity.

Commenting on the latest survey Deborah Potts, CEO of Active Gloucestershire said: ” We welcome the developments that Sport England has introduced into analysing activity levels across the country and the deeper insight this will bring to us in understanding what motivates people, what activities they are interested in and what the key barriers to participation are. This latest insight will help us to understand better where our focus should be in enabling more people to be active in the county. We will be able to build on previous insight from the Active People Survey and whilst this new survey platform isn’t a direct comparison, it will give us more meaningful information that we can utilise more effectively in supporting organisations, clubs and the community of Gloucestershire to become more active.”

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