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Our Impact

Active Sussex measures its impact on the physical activity system in Sussex through a series of indicators based on our strategy.

Below are the strategic indicators that Active Sussex uses to measure our performance in reducing inactivity. These have been split into output indicators which measure those objectives which are within our control or over which we have significant influence; and system outcome indicators which we are working towards but are subject to external variables which Active Sussex cannot control.

We would be keen to discuss how to make progress against these indicators with our partners. Please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.

Reduce inactivity through targeted engagement


To increase the engagement score of each local authority each year.

To display the the engagement score of each local authority in Sussex

Scores are cumulative throughout the financial year and only directly comparable at end of Q4 (31st March).

To reduce the proportion of inactive adults in Sussex from 23% in 2017-18 to 18% in 2022-23.

A comparison of the most recent Active Lives Adults survey results with the 2017-18 baseline

Inactive = less than 30 minutes per week moderate intensity exercise.

Active Lives Survey – Adults Sussex has broadly mirrored the national trend with the impact of Covid-19 causing a worsening in inactivity rates to the highest levels recorded over the ten periods of the Active Lives Survey to date. The total inactive population in the county stands at 337,000, compared to 294,000 in the first Active Lives Survey period in Novermber 2015-November 2016. There appears to be a split with inactivity rates getting slightly or significantly worse in the most urban areas (Crawley, Brighton & Hove, Adur & Worthing, Hastings, Eastbourne). Areas with a mixture of villages and towns have conversely stayed the same or in some cases improved (Mid-Sussex, Chichester, Arun, Rother, Wealden, Lewes). The only district which doesn’t fit this pattern is Horsham which got slightly worse.

View the individual results for each area in Sussex for the Active Lives Survey Adults.

Children and Young People

To increase the proportion of schools meeting each criteria for effective use of the Primary PE and Sports Premium each year.

Data not available for 2019-20 at county level due to pandemic.

To reduce the proportion of less active children in Primary School in Sussex from 16% in 2017-18 to 11% in 2022-23.

Data not available for 2019-20 at county level due to pandemic.

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