The number of people in England who regularly take part in sport is rising.
During the year to October 2013, 15.5 million people in England played sport at least once a week. That’s an increase of more than 1.5 million over 2005/6 – the first year of the survey.
Read more about the current national picture
Active People Survey
The number of people playing sport is tracked continuously through Active People – the largest survey of sport and active recreation ever carried out in Europe.
Since 2005/6, the findings have become a valuable resource for the sports sector. Results are usually released in June and December each year.
Active People provides information on:
- who plays sport – including breakdowns by region, gender, social class, ethnicity, household structure, age and disability.
- how they take part – for instance, through club membership, tuition or coaching, through competitive sport or as volunteers.
- who plays sport and how on a sport by sport basis
- who plays sport and how for different geographical areas, including local authorities, county sport partnerships and regions.
Habits in community sport
Understanding and responding to trends in community sport is vital when delivering sports offers and that is why we have developed insight into the current habits in community sport.
Through collectively understanding, sharing and applying these insights we can continue to try to transform community sport and get more people adopting a sporting habit for life. Case studies are included showing how organisations have successfully responded to gaps, trends and opportunities.
Read the report here.
People who are more satisfied with their sporting experience are more likely to go on taking part. The satisfaction survey monitors how people taking part in sport feel about it. Latest results from 2012 showed satisfaction levels hit a new high of 80.6%.
Overall headline results and sport specific results are available.