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Active People Survey

The Active People Survey

The Active People Survey is the largest ever survey of sport and active recreation to be undertaken in Europe. It is a telephone survey of 363,724 adults in England (aged 16 plus) and is unique in providing reliable statistics on participation in sport and active recreation for all 354 Local Authorities in England (a minimum of 1,000 interviews were completed in every Local Authority in England). The Active People Survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Sport England, started on the 15th October 2005 and was completed on 16th October 2006. The sample was evenly divided over each month and spread across the whole year for each local authority to ensure the results are not biased by variations associated with different seasons.

The survey provides by far the largest sample size ever established for a sport and recreation survey and will allow levels of detailed analysis previously unavailable. It identifies how participation varies from place to place and between different groups in the population. The survey also measures; the proportion of the adult population that volunteer in sport on a weekly basis, club membership, involvement in organised sport/competition, receipt of tuition or coaching, and overall satisfaction with levels of sporting provision in the local community. The questionnaire was designed to enable analysis of the findings by a broad range of demographic information, such as gender, social class, ethnicity, household structure, age and disability.

Related Documents

A Worcestershire Profile of the Active People Survey Results (PDF 1 MB) has been produced for the 2005/06 results and it includes headline results broken down by District and compared to County, Regional and National figures.

More information regarding the survey can be found on the Sport England website.

For more information please contact Chris Baker, Principal Research Officer, on 01905 768333 or e-mail

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This page was last reviewed 22 May 2013 at 10:49.
The page is next due for review 18 November 2014.