Sport England Insight

Sport England and Tackling Inactivity

Sport England is responsible for promoting and investing in sport. They help the government meet its sporting objectives in this country and distribute Lottery funds to sport.

Their vision is to make England an active and successful sporting nation.

Since 1994, Sport England has invested over £2 billion into sport in England to help people:

  • Start – to improve the health of the nation, particularly for disadvantaged groups.
  • Stay – through a thriving network of clubs, coaches and volunteers, and a commitment to equity.
  • Succeed in sport – via an infrastructure capable of developing world class performers.

Sport England have provided various tools to help you understand who’s getting active across England, and how, why and where. Amongst these are websites, and downloadable insight which you can find below.

You can drill down into specific geographic areas and explore trends to help inform your own work. Click here to find out more.


Adult Active Lives Survey Reports

Sport England’s Active Lives Adult Survey is a comprehensive study of activity levels among adults aged 16+ in England. It gives a more nuanced understanding of people’s behavior.

The survey is conducted to provide decision makers, government departments, local authorities, delivery bodies and the sport and physical activity sector with detailed insight and understanding as to people’s sport and physical activity habits.

Click here to visit the Active Lives site for more information.


Children Active Lives Survey Reports

Given that attitudes towards sport and physical activity are often shaped by experiences in childhood, Sport England have sought to explore and better understand only the behaviours of children and young people, but also their attitudes towards sport and physical activity.

They also explore the extent to which being active links to health. This includes levels of mental wellbeing and individual development,, as well as social and community development.

For more information, including a breakdown of the following reports, visit our Children’s Active Lives Survey page.


Useful tools and documents

The following interactive tools will also help you to carry out further research. They can also help you to delve deeper into data provided by Sport England.

The Active People Interactive tool is a unique and valuable resources. It helpa to unlock the potential of ALS data, allowing you to create your own tailored analysis.

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

Below this, you’ll also find a report covering the social and economic value of community sports. There are also frequently asked questions about the Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF).


Sport England Strategy: Uniting the Movement

In January 2021 Sport England launched their 10-year strategy, Uniting the Movement.

Today, there is overwhelming evidence to show that moving our bodies through community sport, fitness and physical activity improves our lives, individually and collectively.

Sport England’s goal is to champion this life-changing impact and ensure that everyone across the nation can benefit from it.

For more information on the new strategy and how it will be achieved, click here. You can also watch a summary in the video below.