National Data and Insight

Sport England offers a useful resource into national sport participation.

Small Area Estimates (Sport England)

This interactive web tool enables users to access the small area participation estimates and generate local maps showing participation in middle-level super output areas (MSOA). Maps can be set-up at multiple geographic levels and facility data can be overlaid. These maps provide insight into how participation varies within a local authority.

Youth Insight Pack (Sport England)

A high proportion of young people regularly take part in sport but participation is not yet growing above its historic norm. This is a summary of our new insight into young people and the actions we believe are required if, as a sector, we are to broaden our reach with this key audience and grow participation levels:

Under the Skin (Sport England)

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

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.

Public Health Local Health Toolkit

The Local Health tool gives you access to interactive maps and reports of Public Health Outcomes Framework indicators at a small area level, middle super-output area level and at borough level.

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.

Partnering Local Government Delivery Framework

Councils are key to help physical activity and sport become a habit for life in local communities. Use Sport England's Framework for Partnering Local Government to encourage collaboration, get more people active and for creating a wider impact.

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.

Local Sport Profile Tool

The Local Sport Profile provides a profile of up-to-date data for local areas, covering sports participation, facilities, health, economic and demographics.

This Girl Can

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.

Getting Active Outdoors

This research aims to help get more people active in the outdoors more often by knowing what people want from their sporting experiences. This report will help you to understand further the outdoors market and the opportunities it presents. It has great potential for the whole sector.

Long Term Conditions and Disability Insight

Activity Alliance, formerly the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) 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.

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.

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.

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.

Local Area Walking and Cycling in England

Estimates of porportions of adults walking or cycling, or walking and cycling combined at regional and local authority level. The survey includes % walking/ % cycling once per month, once per week, 3 times per week and 5 times per week including some inequalities data. Usual length of time spent walking/cycling. Activities split by purpose (recreational, utility or any


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 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.

Motivations of Sport Volunteers in England

This Sport England review, Motivations of Sport Volunteers in England, (published January 2016) is the first to combine the findings of commercial reports and academic research into the motivations of sports volunteers with general theory understanding volunteers and volunteering.

This provides a broader understanding of volunteering in sport. It provides a useful resource for anyone in the planning, management and delivery of sports volunteering and a stepping stone for further research.

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.

Come Outside: Final Evaluation Report Executive Summary - March 2016

The Come Outside programme ran from November 2012 to March 2016. The programme aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of people who are experiencing deprivation or disadvantage in Wales by encouraging community groups and support providers to use the outdoors as a means to increase levels of confidence, physical activity and wellbeing.

Sport England: Research Guide

Insight is only as good as the research that underpins it – so this guide is designed to help you carry out top-quality research that has a big impact on your organisational goals.

And it doesn't have to be expensive or complex.

The key is being clear about what you're trying to understand. What do you need to know? Once that's set in stone, it's time to use the most suitable approach to your research. This guide helps you to establish both. That's why we've split the publication into two distinct parts – firstly, an introduction to research itself and secondly, how to choose your methodology.

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.

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 Derby and Derbyshire in the county data and insight pages but this tool is useful if you want to compare different data.

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.

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):

CMO Guidelines- Infographics