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The Active People Survey is the largest ever survey of sport and active recreation to be undertaken in Europe. It is a telephone survey of 363,724 adults in England (aged 16 plus) providing statistics on participation in sport and active recreation for all 354 Local Authorities in England (a minimum of 1,000 interviews were completed in every Local Authority (LA) in England).
Main Topics/Subject Category
England, aerial sports, age, athletics, ball games, bread-winners, children, combative sports, cycling, debilitative illness, economic activity, educational background, employees, employment, employment history, equestrian sports, ethnic groups, exercise, gender, gymnastics, health, home ownership, household income, households, housing tenure, indoor sports, industries, job description, leisure time activities, membership, motor sports, motor vehicles, physical activities, qualifications, racket games, rented accommodation, self-employed, socio-economic status, sport, sporting events, sports clubs, sports facilities, sports training, supervisory status, swimming, time, visits to recreational facilities, voluntary work, walking, water sports, weight lifting, winter sports
Identifier Variables
GOR, PCT, NHS trust, LA, standard regions
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Public health
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
Ipsos MORI
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
2005, 2006
Unit of Analysis
363,724 adult aged 16+ living in England during 2005-2006
ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access