National Insight

COVID-19 Insight

Shortly after the government issued guidance on social distancing and limiting people to one piece of outdoor exercise a day, Sport England commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct regular surveys.

Each week for the initial eight weeks of lockdown, Savanta ComRes surveyed the English public to assess their activity levels and attitudes towards physical activity.

Throughout this period, they published the results to help people understand the impact of coronavirus and how they could help to keep the nation active.

The research also included the ways people kept active and whether they did it solo, or with other members of their household.

Since then, Sport England have been commissioning ad hoc surveys at key points, such as the weekend the majority of indoor sport and physical activity facilities were allowed to reopen.

Head over to the Sport England website for more information.

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 Nottingham and Nottinghamshire 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.

Active Planning

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 help us with our understanding of people living with a disability and their barriers to participation.

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