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Can data be downloaded or accessed via an API?

An API to access Active Places facility data does not presently exist.  

An API to access Active Places facility is something we are working on. Our intention is to establish APIs to allow full integration into back end GIS systems or other databases held by local authorities or other partners.  Unfortunatley we are not in a position to provide timescales on availability but will update the FAQs as soon as they are ready.

Presently Active Places Facility data can be downloaded either via:

1)  Active Places Power reports (most likely the Detailed Report) for a given area of interest, which will create a snapshot report that can be downloaded as a single csv file.  The single csv file contains a standard set of fields including Easting and Northing grid coordinates.

2) – Active Places Open Data (see APP webpage footer - no login required) which includes all facilities EXCEPT those that are: closed, under construction, planned or are marked as private on the database. This data is in a number of CSV flat files and is updated on a monthly basis.  Note this replaces the version previously available via the spogo website, which was decommissioned in January 2015.  This download provides the most comprehensive set of active places data but records within each file need to be linked together via common IDs and lookups.  


How can I provide feedback on the facility or club data within the website?


Should you want to provide detailed facility feedback or want to update a lot of information for your area of interest (for example for a local sport and recreation strategy) please contact Adetiq on 01273 202212 or activeplaces.data@sportengland.org.   Adetiq replaced The Leisure Database Company as the 
Active Places Data Validation Team on 2nd November 2015.  

Note, the inclusion of clubs within Active Places Power is a beta function. A snapshot sample of club data has been included to demonstrate how club data may be used within the websites tools. Sport England are reviewing options to update and expand club data within Active Places Power.


How frequently does active places data get updated?

Active Places records are maintained via a combination of a third party (Adetiq) who are contracted by Sport England to collect, validate and maintain sport facility data in addition to individual facility owners and managers who have taken responsibility to self-maintain and update information on their own facility records.  

As updates are collected they are processed to the live database and immediately available within the Active Places Power website.  Proir to 2nd November 2015 updates were made available on a weekly basis.  

Note, the inclusion of clubs within Active Places Power is a beta function. A snapshot sample of club data has been included to demonstrate how club data may be used within the websites tools. Sport England are reviewing options to update and expand club data within Active Places Power.


Is Active Places data available in GIS formats?

Active Places facility data is not available in native GIS formats such as Esri shapefile. 

However, the geocoded Active Places Facility data can be downloaded either via:

1)  Active Places Power reports (most likely the Detailed Report) for a given area of interest, which will create a snapshot report that can be downloaded as a single csv file.  The single csv file contains a standard set of fields including Easting and Northing grid coordinates.

2) – Active Places Open Data (see APP webpage footer - no login required) which includes all facilities EXCEPT those that are: closed, under construction, planned or are marked as private on the database. This data is in a number of CSV flat files and is updated on a monthly basis.  Again all sport facility records contain Easting and Northing coordinates. 

Note this replaces the version previously available via the spogo website, which was decommissioned in January 2015.  This download provides the most comprehensive set of active places data but records within each file need to be linked together via common IDs and lookups.  


What are County Sports Partnership areas?


There are 49 County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) covering England representing local networks of:

• Local Authorities
• National Governing Bodies (NGBs) for sport
• Clubs
• Schools and School Sport Partnerships
• Primary care trusts

The also include other local agencies committed to working together to increase participation in sport and physical activity. CSPs are led by a central team of people whose job it is to provide leadership and co-ordination of the network.

For more information see - http://www.cspnetwork.org

What are the criteria for club inclusion?

The following criteria are used to determine inclusion within the Active Places database:

• Olympic Sports
• National Governing Body (NGB) is seeking funding from Sport England through their Whole Sport Plan

Note, the inclusion of clubs within Active Places Power is a beta function. A snapshot sample of club data has been included to demonstrate how club data may be used within the websites tools. Sport England are reviewing options to update and expand club data within Active Places Power.


What are the criteria for facility inclusion?

The following criteria are used to determine inclusion within the Active Places database:

• Public sector, including local authority (including parish councils)
• Education (including further and higher education), Ministry of Defence and Health
• Sports clubs, including: local sports clubs and Civil Service Sports & Social Club
• Private/commercial, including: hotels, leisure clubs and private sector chain providers

What are the small area participation estimates?

In order to show variation at a sub local authority level, participation had to be modelled at the Middle Super Output area (MSOA) level. These synthetic or modelled estimates combine Sport England’s Active People Survey 3 (Oct 2008-Oct 2009) and Active People Survey 4 (October 2009-October 2010) survey data with other data sources that are available at the area level (for example, health indicators, socioeconomic status etc.).

As with Active People Survey participation, synthetic estimates are modelled for 1) Sport only 2) Sport and active recreation. Active Places Power only references the sport only 3 x 30 small area estimate measure.

For more information see the small area estimate website:
http://sae.sportengland.org/FAQ.aspx

What is sports market segmentation?

Sport England commissioned Experian to create the sports market segmentation data in 2007 and subsequently refresh the data in 2010. The data groups the adult population (18 and above) of England into 19 segments that provide an in-depth understanding of people's attitudes and behaviours towards taking part in sport.

The 19 sport segments each have an extensive set of characteristics that define them. To fully interrogate these characteristics refer to the segments website (link below). Active Places currently only provides population counts for each of the 19 segments.

For more information on the market segments include Pen Portraits pdf documents for each segment and a comprehensive set of sport market segmentation FAQs see the segments website - http://segments.sportengland.org

What is the Active Places Data Platform?

Sport England has developed a new online tool called the Active Places Data Platform (https://dataplatform.activeplacespower.com).  The (password protected) platform is used to manage and maintain the national sport facility database (Active Places) in real-time.  

Data records are collected, validated and maintained by Adetiq - Sport England's appointed (November 2015) Active Places Data Validation Team contractor. In addition the fully self-service platform allows individual facility owners and managers to self manage their facility data.  This enables the data to be maintained by those who know their facilities the best and ensures data is as up to date as possible. 

For any queries regarding the Active Places Data Platform contact Adetiq on 01273 202212 or activeplaces.data@sportengland.org


What is the Site Details Comments tab used for?

Note, Comments function is currently restricted to Sport England users only.

The Comments tab is used to view and submit local intelligence information relevant to either a site as a whole (if it is relevant to all facilities at that site) or for individual facilities located at the site. 

Local intelligence information will be used to help Sport England and it partners track trends and inform related strategic planning work. 

Note, Sport England will endeavour to moderate comments, where necessary editing or deleting any comment at any time should it be deemed inappropriate or unrelated to the purpose of this function. 

It should also be noted that submitted comments may need to be disclosed by Sport England in accordance with the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000. 

To provide knowledge of any edits to site and facility attribute details (i.e. the size dimensions of a sports hall) please use the “feedback” links located in the top right corner of the Site Details pages.  


What sport participation data is used within active places power?

Active Places uses Sport England's Active People Survey, which is a measure of participation in sport and active recreation at a local authority level. It is a telephone survey of adults living in England (aged 16 years and over) and it identifies how participation varies from place to place and between different groups in the population. The survey was first collected in 2005 and has subsequently been reported on a biannual basis.

Sport England has collected two different measures of participation (as a result of different strategic objectives). 1) Sport only (does not include recreational walking or cycling) 2) Sport and active recreation (formally National Indicator 8). Active Places Power references the sport only measure with the following breaks:

• Zero sessions: Zero sessions of at least moderate intensity sport for at least 30 minutes in the previous 28 days (adults age 16 and over)

• Once a week (4 days ): At least one session a week ( at least 4 sessions of at least moderate intensity sport for at least 30 minutes in the previous 28 days) (adults age 16 and over)

• Three times a week (12 days ): At least three sessions a week (at least 12 sessions of at least moderate intensity sport for at least 30 minutes in the previous 28 days) (adults age 16 and over)

More information can be found on the Sport England website:
Active People Survey - http://www.sportengland.org/research/active_people_survey.aspx
Active People Diagnostic - http://www.sportengland.org/research/active_people_survey/active_people_diagnostic.aspx

Also see "What are the small area participation estimates?" FAQ.  

Which clubs are included within active places?

Active Places currently holds the following affiliated Clubs:

• Basketball
• Fencing
• Handball
• Hockey
• Swimming
• Table Tennis
• Triathlon
• Weightlifting
• Wrestling

Note, the inclusion of clubs within Active Places Power is a beta function. A snapshot sample of club data has been included to demonstrate how club data may be used within the websites tools. Sport England are reviewing options to update and expand club data within Active Places Power.


Which facility types are included within active places?

Active Places currently holds the following Facility types:

  • • Artificial Grass Pitch
  • • Athletics Tracks
  • • Five-a-side Football Centre
  • • Golf
  • • Grass Pitches
  • • Health & Fitness Suite
  • • Ice Rinks
  • • Indoor Bowls
  • • Indoor Tennis Centre
  • • Ski Slopes
  • • Sports Hall
  • • Squash Courts
  • • Studios
  • • Swimming Pool
  • • Tennis Courts

 These facilities represent where 70-80% of formal sport takes place and they also tend to be large land users.

A data collection schedule has been developed to expand the number of new facility types held within Active Places. These will be added to the live database and website once collected to the required standards.


Which small area geographies are used within Active Places Power?

Active Places Power uses small area geographies designed by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to improve the reporting of small area statistics in England and Wales. They are known as Super Output Areas (SOAs) and were developed as an alternative to Wards for calculating small area statistics. Unlike Wards and Postcode geographies, all SOA represent a similar number of people allowing for comparability across smaller geographic areas. The SOA layers form a hierarchy based on aggregations of Output Areas (OAs), as below:

There are three levels:

• OA | Minimum Population: 100 | Mean Population: 300 | Households: 80 | Constrained by: LSOA | Number of records in England and Wales: ~ 175,000

• Lower SOA | Minimum Population: 1000 | Mean Population: 1500 | Households: 400 | Constrained by: Local Authority Wards | Number of records in England and Wales: 32,482 in England, 1896 in Wales

• Middle SOA | Minimum Population: 5000 | Mean Population: 7200 | Households: 2000 | Constrained by: Local Authority Boundaries | Number of records in England and Wales: 6780 in England, 413 in Wales

The above figure refer to the 2001 output area geographies.  Further information can be found on http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/geography/beginner-s-guide/census/super-output-areas--soas-/index.html

Who collects and maintains active places data?

Adetiq are contracted by Sport England to collect, validate and maintain sport facility data within the Active Places database.  Adetiq replaced The Leisure Database Company on 2nd November 2015.  

In addition individual sport facility owners and managers are able to maintain information in real time on their facilities via the self-service Active Places Data Platform.  

Adetiq will continue to update records on a rolling basis primarily through telephone survey with each site being checked on an annual basis.   Data is also updated through feedback from users and through an “intelligent audit” e.g. monitoring of planning permissions, trade press etc. 

Should you want to provide detailed feedback or want to update a lot of information for your area of interest (for example for a local sport and recreation strategy) please Adetiq on 01273 202212 or activeplaces.data@sportengland.org.   

Note, the inclusion of clubs within Active Places Power is a beta function. A snapshot sample of club data has been included to demonstrate how club data may be used within the websites tools. Sport England are reviewing options to update and expand club data within Active Places Power.


Why can I not find a facility or club that I know should be there?

This could be for a number of reasons:

• Maybe it is there. To find a single facility use the Search function to search by Name (Site or Club) or Locality (Post Town, Postcode - full or partial, or Local Authority).

• It could be because your definition of a facility or club differs to ours. Review the Sports Data Model, which defines the database structure, fields and contents.

• If these two steps indicate that the facility should be added to the database please contact our Adetiq, our contracted Data Validation Team on 01273 202212 or activeplaces.data@sportengland.org.   

Note, the inclusion of clubs within Active Places Power is a beta function. A snapshot sample of club data has been included to demonstrate how club data may be used within the websites tools. Sport England are reviewing options to update and expand club data within Active Places Power.