Who plays sport?

Photo of a boy and girl kayaking

The number of people in England who regularly take part in sport is rising.

During the year up to April 2014, 15.6 million people aged 16 years and over in England played sport at least once a week. That’s an increase of more than 1.7 million over 2005/6 – the first year of the survey.

Important update:

Delay to the publication of Active People Survey 8 results

A technical issue encountered by TNS-BMRB, the company that collects, records and provides the data for Sport England’s annual Active People Survey, has led to a delay in the release of the data while the problem is corrected.

We will be able to publish the full results of the survey at 09:30 on Thursday 29 January 2015.

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 released in June and December each year.

Active People provides information on:

  • The national picture of who is taking part in sport and how are they participating. This can be broken down by demographics like age, gender ethinicity, as well as by the way people are engaging; for example, participation by volunteering or club membership
  • The local picture of who plays sport and how. With information about different geographical areas, including local authorities, county sport partnerships and regions.
  • A picture of the participation by individual sports; who plays sport and how they participate (involvement in clubs, organised competition and tuition).