LOCAL INSIGHT

SPORT ENGLAND

Guide to our data

Activity

We measure levels of activity through our Active Lives Adult survey. Depending on the number of minutes* of sport and physical activity a person has done in the last week, they are categorised into one of three groups.

  • Inactive – doing less than 30 minutes a week
  • Fairly active – doing 30 to 149 minutes a week
  • Active – doing at least 150 minutes a week

The data is based on year 2 of the Active Lives Adult survey.

*minutes are counted where the activity is at least moderate intensity and is in bouts of at least 10 minutes. More information can be found on our website or our Active Lives FAQ document.

Participation

Whilst they may sound similar, there is a distinction between activity rates and participation rates. In addition to knowing whether a person is active, fairly active or inactive, we also want to know how often they take part in sport and physical activity. We class a person as taking part in sport and physical activity if they have done the equivalent of 30 minutes of activity at least twice in the last 28 days. More information on this metric can be found here. The data is based on year 2 of our Active Lives Adult survey.

Small Area Estimates

“In order to provide an insight into how participation for adults (16 years+) varies within a local authority, we have provided ‘small area estimates’ for the 6,791 Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs) in England. These estimates are calculated by using Small Area Estimation (SAE) and data from year two of our Active Lives survey (November 2016-17).

We have produced estimates for:

Inactivity rate (percentage of the population doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week, excluding gardening) Activity rate (percentage of the population doing at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week, excluding gardening) Sport and physical activity participation (percentage of the population participating in sport and physical activity at least twice in the last month)

More information about the data modelling process is available in our technical document

Volunteering

For our volunteering metrics, we class volunteers as those who have volunteered at least twice over the previous 12 months to support sport and physical activity across various roles. The data is based on year 2 of our Active Lives Adult survey.

Spectating

For our spectating metrics, we class spectators as those who have attended two or more live sports events, whether professional or amateur, over the previous 12 months. The data is based on year 2 of our Active Lives Adult survey.