Since 2005, weekly sport participation in England has grown by 1.9 million to nearly 16 million, an increase of 1.5%. The number of people taking part in sport at least three times a week has grown even faster, increasing by 1.9%.
Our new strategy, Towards An Active Nation, looks beyond simple participation to how sport changes lives and becomes a force for good.
At its heart are five outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development.
Our new Active Lives Survey will recognise the breadth of both formal and informal ways people choose to get active and stay healthy.
A major priority for our new strategy is tackling inactivity. More than one in four people in England (28 per cent) do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. But research shows that those who do the least activity stand to benefit the most, even if it’s just small changes like gentle jogging, swimming or playing rounders in the park.
As well as continuing to support people who already play sport, there will be a much greater emphasis on groups who are typically much less active such as women, disabled people and those from lower-socio-economic backgrounds.
Click the link below to read the new strategy Towards an Active Nation.