Active Lives Children and Young People Survey

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Tomorrow, Thursday 21st March, Sport England will be releasing the results of the largest ever national survey of children’s feelings and attitudes towards getting active, from its Active Lives Children Survey with a sample size of over 100,000.

This follows previous research that showed that almost a third of young people (2.3m) do less than 30 minutes of activity a day, while 17.5% (1.2m) achieve the optimal 60 minutes of activity every day.

With the imminent release of the Government’s School Sport Action plan, and the current debate around children’s obesity levels, we believe these results will offer you a strong news hook and different angle on how to get children active.

The results will offer the richest data yet on which of five factors are most likely to influence a child’s likelihood of getting active: enjoyment (of taking part), confidence (in taking part), competence (how easy they find exercise and sports), understanding (of why sports and exercise are good for them) and knowledge (knowing how to get involved and improve their skills).

The survey will also explore:

  • Whether there are any major differences between demographic groups e.g. girls and boys, children from low income families, certain ethnic groups, disability and school year (year 1-11, ages 5-16).
  • The relationship between children’s attitudes to sport and activity and their happiness, perseverance and social trust.


Results will be released at 9.30am on Thursday the 21st of March 2019 – check out the Sport England website for more information.