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Sport England’s Children and Young People Survey – Sussex Snapshot

Sport England’s Children and Young People Survey – Sussex Snapshot

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Data from the first Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, conducted by Sport England, has shown 47% of Sussex children lead 'active lives' - higher than the national average results.

The 2017/18 survey, carried out nationally, asked children aged between five and 16 years old about how much physical activity they take part in, both in and out of school. 

The Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines count children doing more than 60 minutes of activity a day, but not every day a week, as ‘Active across the week’ whereas those who do between 30 and 59 minutes a day are counted as ‘Fairly active’ and children doing less than 30 minutes a day are counted as ‘Less active’.

Sussex results:

  • 47% of children and young people lead active lives, compared with 43% nationally. This equates to 92,900 children and young people.
  • 22% of children and young people (43,200) are fairly active.
  • 31% of children and young people  (60,000) are less active, slightly lower than the national average.

The Sussex results by local authority are available here, and Sport England’s detailed national report is available here.

Local Snapshot

  • Wealden had the highest proportion of ‘less active’ children and young people at 39.5%, equivalent to 6,800 less active children and young people in the district and a higher rate than the national average (32.9%).
  • Eastbourne, Arun and Worthing all had a higher proportion of ‘less active’ children and young people than the national average.
  • Hastings, Adur, Horsham and Mid Sussex had significantly lower proportions of less active children and young people than the national average.

In Sussex 4,691 children and young people responded to the survey. Approximately 80 schools are randomly selected each term to complete the survey with roughly half of the schools selected have completed the survey each term. Schools which complete the survey receive a bespoke report with a breakdown of activity levels in their school.

The national Sport England data, based on a sample of 130,000 respondents during the academic year September 2017-July 2018, is the largest ever of its kind and  sits at the heart of Sport England’s Towards an Active Nation strategy.

As part of this strategy, Sport England’s remit has changed to work with children and young people aged five and upwards – it was previously 16 and over – with the aim of increasing children’s basic competence and enjoyment.

This data will be followed in March with additional Sport England research into the attitudes of children to sport and activity.

Active Sussex support

Active Sussex is one of the 43 County Sports Partnerships, - the only organisations that are funded by Sport England to offer primary schools free, objective advice and support that helps them spend the Primary PE and Sport Premium effectively. 

Nick Chellel, Active Sussex's School & Community Sports Officer said: "Using our insight, including recent results from the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, and resources, we will ensure that future sport and physical activity focuses on the children and places most in need of the support we can offer.

"We have a key role to play and can provide help by maximising the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding to lead to self-sustaining improvement with the overall goal of building a lasting legacy." 

Access our Active Sussex Active Lives Children and Young People support pack, which includes Insight, Recommendations and Resources here

Active Sussex Primary PE Page Links:

For more information concerning the Primary PE and Sport Premium please contact Nick Chellel, Active Sussex's School and Community Sports Officer: E: nchellel@activesussex.org / T: 01273 644106 / 07766 894494 

And for more information about the Sport England's Active Lives: Children and Young People Survey, Sussex data please contact Henry McLaughlin, Active Sussex's Data Analysis & Services Officer: E: hmclaughlin@activesussex.org / T: 01273 643838.