Today Sport England published the first results (official statistics) of its Active Lives Children and Young People survey. This is the most comprehensive insight into how children in England are taking part in sport and physical activity both in and out of school drawing on the views of 130,000 children and young people. For the youngest children (school years one and two) parents were asked.
In the words of Sport England CEO, Tim Hollingsworth, “the results tell us that what is currently being done to support [children and young people] is not enough and change is required.” He is calling for, “a national focus on the health and wellbeing of our nation’s children and for the whole system to be united in delivering change”.
The report on the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey with links to the published data can be found at: http://www.sportengland.org/activeliveschildren
The key findings, released today, are:
Around 3 million children (43.3%) lead active lives, doing an average of 60 or more minutes of physical activity a day.
Of the group of active children, only the most active 1.2 million (17.5% of total) are meeting the CMO guideline of 60+ minutes of activity a day, every day of the week.
Just over 2.3 million children and young people (32.9%) are less active which means they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
A further 1.7 million (23.9%) are fairly active, doing between 30-59 minutes of physical activity a day.
The data has been collected for year groups 1-11 as well as from parents of pupils in years 1 and 2. The achieved sample of year 3-11 and parents was 109,503. The achieved sample of year 3-11 pupils was 104,263.
The data available at the local level for year groups 1-11 is on activity which is moderate (moderate activity is defined as activity where you raise your breathing rate) or vigorous (when you’re out of breath or are sweating, and you may not be able to say more than a few words without pausing for breath) and includes:
Overall levels of activity
- ‘active every day’ doing an average of 60+ minutes every day;
- ‘active across the week’ doing an average of 60+ minutes a day but not every day;
- ‘fairly active’ doing an average of 30-59 minutes a day;
- ‘less active’ doing less than an average of 30 minutes a day.
Levels of activity broken down by: at school, outside of school AND at school and outside school combined.
Levels of activity undertaken indoors, and indoors but outside of school.
Levels of activity undertaken outdoors, and outdoors but outside of school.
For year groups 3-11 only there is additional data for vigorous intensity physical activity.
For year groups 5-11 there is additional data for levels of volunteering amongst children and young people in supporting sport and physical activity at least twice or more in the last year.
The survey has been designed to report down to a local authority level but not every local authority will receive data due to an insufficient number of responses being received from schools within that area.
Children and young people, including those from years 1-2, were also asked attitudinal questions including their motivation levels, this data will be published in March 2019 and will seek to understand the interactions between children and young people’s perceived levels of each of these attitudes and the impact they have on both activity levels and our outcomes.
Further information about the Active Lives Survey please contact us by email on: firstname.lastname@example.org