Local Sport Profile tool

The Local Sport Profile provides councils with a profile of up-to-date data for their local area, covering sports participation, facilities, health, economic and demographics, all in one place

Updated: August 2016

The Local Sport Profile provides councils with a profile of up-to-date data for their local area, covering sports participation, facilities, health, economic and demographics, all in one place.

Updated twice a year, it is a vital tool for local authorities and other partners working in community sport, which can be used to inform strategic planning and development of sporting opportunities and demonstrate the value of sport to other sectors e.g. Public Health and LEPs. The tool also presents benchmarking opportunities by providing useful regional, national and nearest neighbour comparators.

The tool was first published in Autumn 2010, and in 2015 it was developed into a web based tool, which enables users to customise their local sport profile.

The new web based tool includes some exciting new features:

  • The ability to view the full local sport profile, or to tailor the profile by selecting particular themes and indicators
  • A comparators section which enables users to select up to ten local comparators, including nearest neighbours, and the regional and national figures
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help answer common questions about the tool.

The data is taken from a variety of sources including the Active People Survey, Active Places, Department of Health and the Office of National Statistics.

Download the Local Sport Profile Tool

Other resources

Active People Interactive is a quick and easy online tool to enable analysis of Active People Survey (APS) data. This unique and valuable resource helps unlock the potential of APS data, allowing you to create your own tailored analysis to better understand who takes part in sport.

The Local Sport Profile Tool contains a range of data that has been produced by Sport England, including Active People Survey data. To find out more about Sport England's research, please visit the Research section of our website.

An interactive web tool enabling users to access the small area participation estimates and generate local sport maps showing participation at the middle level super output area (MSOA) is freely available. Maps can be generated at any geographic level and facility data can be overlaid. The maps provide an insight into how participation varies within a local authority. The small area estimates data will be updated using Active People Survey 6 (2011/12) data in the coming months and will be available on the tool.