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)

Below is a summary of the latest Active Lives Children and Young People Survey data published in January 2021.

The summary pulls out some key findings across behaviour and wider outcomes for key demographic groups. Data is presented for children and young people in school Years 1-11 (ages 5-16) in 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.

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.

Activity Alliance's Annual Disability and Activity Survey was launched in 2019 to provide a greater understanding about disabled people's attitudes towards and involvement in sport and physical activity. Now, in its second year, the survey plays a crucial role. It helps to uncover the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on disabled people's motivations and ability to be active.

Key findings:

  • Twice as many disabled people felt that coronavirus greatly reduced their ability to do sport or physical activity compared to non-disabled people (27% vs 13%).
  • The pandemic has made disabled people feel that they do not have the opportunity to be as active as they want to, compared to non-disabled people (29% vs 44%).
  • Respondents said the lack of activity has led to both their physical and mental health being harder to manage. Feelings of loneliness and social isolation were frequently voiced.
  • A fear of contracting the virus (35% vs 13%), the impact on their health (31% vs 13%), a lack of space (23% vs 18%) and support to be able to exercise safely at home (16% vs 5%), have become significant barriers for disabled people, compared to non-disabled people.
  • Almost a quarter of disabled people stated that they had not received enough information about how to be active during the pandemic (23% vs 13%).

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