A research library of key reports on the sports and physical activity sector from a variety of sources.

About This Report:

Welcome to the first Active Lives Children and Young People Survey report summarising the activity levels of children and young people (aged 5-16) in England from September 2017 to July 2018. Given that attitudes towards sport and physical activity are often shaped by experiences in childhood, we have sought to explore and better understand not only the behaviours of children and young people, but also their attitudes towards sport and physical activity, and the extent to which being active links to levels of mental wellbeing, individual development and social and community development. To maximise the value and usefulness of the findings, we have presented the overall levels of activity both at and outside school, and summarised the picture of engagement by key demographics, as well as the types of activity being undertaken. With a sample of over 130,000, we have been able to present data down to local authority level. This data can be accessed using the links embedded in each page to take you to the data tables which sit behind the headlines within this report. For the first release of Active Lives Children and Young People, we have taken the decision to release the data in two parts. This first report focuses specifically on behaviours. The second report (to be published in March 2019) will focus on the attitudes of children and young people towards sport and physical activity, seeking to better understand the impact of confidence, motivation and perceived physical competence upon behaviours and activity levels. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank colleagues within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education who have been key partners in the development of this survey, the network of County Sports Partnerships who have recruited the schools to take part and finally the schools, children, parents and teachers who took the time to complete the survey