Who plays sport?

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The number of people in England who regularly take part in sport is rising.

During the year to October 2013, 15.5 million people in England played sport at least once a week. That’s an increase of more than 1.5 million over 2005/6 – the first year of the survey.

Read more about the current national picture 

Active People Survey

The number of people playing sport is tracked continuously through Active People – the largest survey of sport and active recreation ever carried out in Europe. 
Since 2005/6, the findings have become a valuable resource for the sports sector. Results are usually released in June and December each year.

Active People provides information on:


Habits in community sport

Understanding and responding to trends in community sport is vital when delivering sports offers and that is why we have developed insight into the current habits in community sport.

Through collectively understanding, sharing and applying these insights we can continue to try to transform community sport and get more people adopting a sporting habit for life. Case studies are included showing how organisations have successfully responded to gaps, trends and opportunities.

Read the report here.

Satisfaction survey

People who are more satisfied with their sporting experience are more likely to go on taking part. The satisfaction survey monitors how people taking part in sport feel about it. Latest results from 2012 showed satisfaction levels hit a new high of 80.6%.

Overall headline results and sport specific results are available.