Active People

The Active People Survey (APS) is a large telephone survey of sport and active recreation, commissioned by Sport England. The survey measures participation in sport and active recreation, and provides details of how participation varies from place to place and between different groups in the population. The survey also measures other sport-related issues such as volunteering; club membership; tuition or coaching; and overall satisfaction with levels of sporting provision in the local community. The survey began in October 2005, and is repeated annually. The survey provides the measurement for former National Indicator 8 (NI8) - adult participation in sport and active recreation.

Data from the APS is used to inform the progress towards the National Ambition for physical activity and the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) indicator for physical activity. PHOF indicators provide local authority level data on the percentage of individuals who met the Chief Medical Officer’s recommended guidelines on levels of physical activity (at least 150 minutes a week), and the percentage of individuals who were inactive (less than 30 minutes a week).

  • Methodology: Bespoke telephone questionnaire collected data on frequency of participation in sport and active recreation during the previous 28 days.
  • Start date: 2005
  • Frequency of survey:Annual
  • Most recent full year results: January 2015 to January 2016
  • Commissioned by: Sport England
  • Coverage: Adult 16+yrs in England
  • Link to associated papers and most recent data: More information on the APS is available for the Sport England website:

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