The Active People Survey is the largest ever survey of sport and active recreation to be undertaken in Europe. The survey provides by far the largest sample size ever established for a sport and recreation survey and allows levels of detailed analysis previously unavailable. It identifies how participation varies from place to place and between different groups in the population.

The survey also measures; the proportion of the adult population that volunteer in sport on a weekly basis, club membership, involvement in organised sport/competition, receipt of tuition or coaching, and overall satisfaction with levels of sporting provision in the local community.

The questionnaire was designed to enable analysis of the findings by a broad range of demographic information, such as gender, social class, ethnicity, household structure, age and disability from national right down to Local Authority level.

The first year of the survey, Active People Survey 1, was conducted between October 2005 and October 2006, and was a telephone survey of 363,724 adults in England (aged 16 plus) and is unique in providing reliable 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 in England). For Merseyside, a total of 5,958 were surveyed within the six Local Authorities.

Due to the huge success of the Active People Survey 2005/6, Sport England is now committed to repeating the survey annually until October 2010.

The second year of the survey, Active People Survey 2, began on 15 October 2007 and was completed on 14 October 2008. The sample survey size for Local Authorities within Merseyside was reduced to 500, with the exception of Liverpool City Council, who decided to increase their sample survey size to 2,500 per annum. Active People Survey 3 (2008/9) began on 15 October 2008 and was completed on 14 October 2009. On 15 October 2009, Active People Survey 4 (2009/10) commenced. Active People Survey 4 will run until 14 October 2010.

The Active People Survey also provides the measurement for National Indicator 8 (NI8) – adult participation in sport and active recreation. The survey also provides the measure for the cultural indicators NI9, 10 and 11.

Active People Diagnostic is an innovative online reporting and analysis tool which gives partners access to Active People Survey results at the touch of a button. It is a unique resource providing state-of-the-art reporting and analysis that enables users to assess levels and patterns of sport and active recreation in their area or sport, and to benchmark and profile performance. If you would like any further information from Active People that is not included within the documents below, please email

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