Active Lives – Children and Young People

World-leading survey reveals insight into activity levels of children and young people in England

Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey shows that around 3 million children (43.3%) lead active lives, however of that group, only 1.2 million (17.5%) are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of more than 60 minutes of activity a day, every day of the week. The survey is the largest ever of its kind and gives comprehensive insight into how children in England are taking part in sport and physical activity, both in and out of school.

Figures also show that more than 2.3 million children and young people (32.9%) are less active, meaning they do fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

In Devon over 46% lead actives lives with approximately 17% of children and young people meeting the CMO guidelines. The team at Active Devon are currently working on a detailed overview of the picture for Devon but initial findings show that we are below the national average. We will share our Devon summary early in 2019 when we’ve had time to fully analyse the statistics provided by Sport England.

To read the full Sport England article or survey report please click here.

To find out more about the survey and whether your school has been sampled to take part please see the survey section on our website (here).

About the Active Lives Survey                                 – Children & Young People

In December 2015, Government published its new strategy for sport (Sporting Future) extending Sport England’s responsibility down to 5 years old and hence this survey was developed as a measure of engagement of children and young people in sport.

The Active Lives Survey: Children and Young People provides a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity. Active Devon is supporting schools locally to access the survey and complete for selected year groups. 

The survey will measure engagement in sport and physical activity and report on Sporting Future outcomes and key performance indicators for children and young people from the ages of 5 to 16.The aim is for children and young people to feel more motivated, confident and able to get active!

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