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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