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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.