Open Data Download

CSV (Comma Separated Values) files contain the .csv file extension and are a comma delimited files that contain separated database fields. Active Places data has been exported into a format that contains a single line for each database record.  Files with the .csv extension are very similar to plain text files and can be imported into a number of applications including Microsoft Excel.

The Active Places download is a zip file that contains a number of CSV files for different elements of the database (i.e. sites.csv and geographic.csv).  Data within each CSV can be linked via ID fields for example to link geographic attributes to each site. 

It is highly recommended that users of the data familiarise themselves with the Sports Data Model support documentation to help translate and use this information (see SDM FAQs).

Sport England and the Open Data Institute are working together to define common standards and best practice for sport facility data sharing. This includes the current JSON format release of Active Places data.  Note the JSON data is in an ALPHA phase of development meaning future changes to the data may be breaking changes.  Also no more than two requests of this data can be made within a minute before the user is restricted access.

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a lightweight data-interchange format. It is easy for humans to read and write. It is easy for machines to parse and generate.  JSON is a text format that is completely language independent but uses conventions that are familiar to programmers of the C-family of languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, Python, and many others.  

For more information on the format see http://json.org/.  It is highly recommended that users of the data familiarise themselves with the Sports Data Model support documentation to help translate and use this information (see SDM FAQs).