National Data and Insight

Demographic data

Active Lives Interactive Tool (Sport England)

Sport England have produced an interactive tool to help analyse the data for particular areas, activities and of people.

We have broken down this data for Derbyshire in the county data and insight pages but this tool is useful if you want to compare different data.

Census for England and Wales

Statistics from the UK 2011 Census help paint a picture of the nation and how we live. They provide a detailed snapshot of the population and its characteristics, and underpin funding allocation to provide public services.


Explore different categories:

Young people and children

Active Lives Children and Young People Survey (Sport England)

This report presents data from the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey for the academic year 2018/19. Data is presented for children and young people in school Years 1-11 (ages 5-16) in England.

Under the Skin

Under the skin is a useful document to help understand youth personalities to help young people get active.

Health Behaviour in School-aged Children

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children research network is an international alliance of researchers that collaborate on the cross-national survey of school students. The HBSC collects data every four years on 11, 13 and 15-year-old boys' and girls' health and well-being, social environments and health behaviours.


Active Design

Sport England's Active Design guidance ensures the places we live and work take physical activity and sport into account. The guidance links health, design and planning by creating the right environment for people to lead active lifestyles.

The Town and Country Planning Association have published a report on using planning to promote healthy communities. The report includes practical recommendations aimed at national governments, their respective agencies, and policy-makers in local areas.

Long Term Conditions and Disability Insight

Activity Alliance strive to increase participation for those living with a disability by providing advice and guidance to a number of partners and stakeholders. Their Research and Insight pages have a library of research to provide the sports sector with a wealth of knowledge.

They have produced a factsheet developed to help understand how to enable disabled people from low income households to be more active. Some of the key headlines from this insight include:

  • Half of all people in poverty are either disabled themselves or live with a disabled person - that's around 7 million people.
  • Make time to get out into your community and ask inactive disabled people what would encourage them to move more. Tapping into personal motivations is key to changing behaviour.
  • Be informed about how deprivation can affect some disabled people's lives and the barriers it creates to being active. It is not just about having enough money. Personal safety, job security, previous experiences and mental wellbeing are also key.
  • Disabled people report lower levels of overall wellbeing than non-disabled people.
  • More than half (53%) of disabled people report that they feel lonely
  • On average, disabled people face an extra £583 per month in costs. Inescapable costs include specialist goods and services.

Working with Sport England and the Richmond Group of charities, Age UK has explored how best to help people become more active in later life. Read more about it below.


Women and Girls

Go Where Women Are' is about engaging women in sport and exercise on their terms and in their space whether physically or emotionally. This review explores our current understanding of women, their relevant motivations, barriers and triggers to getting more active, and what this means for sports and exercise activities and initiatives.


LSEG (lower-socio-economic groups)

Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The English indices of deprivation measure relative deprivation in small areas in England called lower-layer super output areas. The index of multiple deprivation is the most widely used of these indices. It is a combined measure based on a total of 37 separate indicators, each of which reflects a different aspect of deprivation experienced by individuals living in an area.

There is an interactive tool which allows users to explore maps and pull out this data.


Physical Activity Guidelines

A report from the Chief Medical Officers (CMO) in the UK on the amount and type of physical activity people should be doing to improve their health.

Latest report (Published 7 September 2019): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/physical-activity-guidelines-uk-chief-medical-officers-report

CMO Guidelines- Infographics


Further physical activity insight

Economic Value of Sport (Sport England)

The Economic Value of Sport model produces area-based estimates on sports' contribution to the local economy in the form of Gross Value-Added (GVA) business output, jobs and wider benefits to the economy. Outputs may provide evidence that can be used to support a case for retaining or securing additional investment in sport.

Culture and Sport Outcomes Framework

The Culture and Sport Outcomes Framework is a web resource that provides guidance for councils and their partners about creating an outcomes framework, which demonstrates local sector contribution to individual, community and facility improvement.

Value of Sport Monitor (Sport England)

The Value of Sport Monitor groups current sports-related research from around the world into seven themes in order to bring together the latest evidence in an easy-to-use resource. The aim of the monitor is to support policy-makers in making informed decisions, and practitioners in delivering best practice.

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Census (2011) and other relevant data sets are available to download via the ONS website. These data sets can provide valuable evidence to support policy-makers and practitioners.

Health Survey for England

The Health Survey for England is an annual survey, which also contains physical activity data alongside other indicators. The HSE is currently commissioned by the Information Centre (and before 2005 was commissioned by the Department of Health) to monitor the health of the population. This is currently the most robust data source to monitor trends in adult obesity and physical activity in England and includes nutrition data.

National Travel Survey

The National Travel Survey (NTS) is a continuous survey on personal travel. It provides the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) with data to answer a variety of policy and transport research questions. Average number of trips per year by mode of transport (walking, bike, car/van, bus etc) with sample size approx. 19,000. Mode of travel to school trend from 1995/97 with sample size approx. 2,600.

Understanding Society

Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS), is a longitudinal survey of the members of approximately 40,000 households in the UK. Households recruited at the first round of data collection are visited each year to collect information on changes to their household and individual circumstances. Interviews are typically carried out face-to-face in respondents' homes by trained interviewers. Data collection for each wave takes place over a 24 month period and individual respondents are interviewed around the same time each year.

Health Matters: getting every adult active every day

Increasing physical activity has the potential to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and the nation as a whole.

Public Health England (PHE) wants to see more people being physically active. This professional resource sets out how to achieve this.

Sport England: Towards an active nation

Former Sport England chief executive Jennie Price said: "Week in, week out, sport and activity plays an important role in the lives of millions of people in England. This strategy sets out how Sport England will continue to support them.