Insight Blog - March, 2019

March, 2019

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:00 by Thomas Lawley

March Topics

March Topics

In the second edition of the insight blog we look over Active Lives, Rambling and free swimming guides.

Active Lives – Attitudes towards sport and physical activity

Sport England have published an additional findings into children's attitudes to sport and physical activity as part of the Children Young People Survey.

More than 130,000 children and young people were surveyed in the academic year 2017/18. So far, participation rates in sport and physical activity has been published. Attitudes to sport and physical activity is a novel piece of research conducted by active lives, and gives an insight into children and young people's attitudes and perceptions towards sport and physical activity.

The main findings of the survey are as follows;

  1. Physically literate children do twice as much activity. The more of the five elements of physical literacy children have, the more active they are.
  2. Enjoyment is the biggest driver of activity levels. Despite the majority of children (68%) understanding that sport and activity is good for them, understanding had the least impact on activity levels.
  3. Children who have all five elements of physically literacy report higher levels of happiness, are more trusting of other children, and report higher levels of resilience (continuing to try if you find something difficult).
  4. Physical literacy decreases with age. As children grow older, they report lower levels of enjoyment, confidence, competence, and understanding. Previous research from Sport England shows that activity levels drop when children reach their teenage years.
  5. The results also reveal important inequalities among certain groups of children which must be tackled:
  • Girls are less likely to say they enjoy or feel confident about doing sport and physical activity. (58% of boys enjoy it, compared to 43% of girls. 47% of boys feel confident, compared to 31% of girls.) Among children aged 5-7, boys are more likely to love playing sport, while girls are more likely to love being active.
  • Children from the least affluent families are less likely to enjoy activity than those from the most affluent families, and previous research shows they are also far less likely to be active.
  • Black children are more physically literate than other ethnic groups – driven by boys, but they're less active than the population as a whole.

For further information on these findings visit the 'Sport England' tab on your left for a link to the survey findings presentation, with all the key findings broken down.

Additionally, for more information on Active Lives survey's and their subsequent results for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, please visit the 'Local Insight' tab on the left hand side.

UK Ramblers receive Sport England Funding.

The Ramblers Walking for Health programme has been granted £275,000 National Lottery funding from Sport England.

The funding will allow the Ramblers to evolve and run their programme over the course of 18 months, starting from April 2019. The programme works with partners across England to help up to 80,000 less active people a year to get moving through sort, regular, led and group walks in their local communities.

Ramblers Walking for Health works with 370 local partner schemes including local authorities, NHS bodies, other charities and volunteers to deliver over 1,800 short weekly walks led by 8,300 trained volunteers across England. The programme provides physical and mental well-being improvements and works to tackle inactivity amongst the least active groups, including women, older people, and those with long-term health conditions.

Check out for more information on local walking groups around your area.

Free school swimming guides.

A series of free guides designed to help ensure all children leave primary school with the ability to swim and enjoy water safely have been published.

Swim England and Swim Group have created the 'resource pack' on behalf of the Department for Education to provide dedicated information for those involved in the delivery of curriculum swimming and water safety.

Guides for primary schools and swimming providers were launched late last year and now two more documents have been released. They are aimed at swimming teachers, parents and carers and are available to download from the Swimming and Water Safety in Schools hub on the Swim England website.

If you would like to discuss any of the topics mentioned drop us a line on twitter: @SportsPartHW or email our Insight officer at:

Tags: Herefordshire, Insight, March, Worcestershire

Posted: Fri, 01 Mar 2019 09:00 by Thomas Lawley

February Insight

February Insight

Hello and welcome to the first Insight post; in an effort to improve connectivity across the team & wider partners involved in physical activity within Herefordshire and Worcestershire we've decided to keep a regular update on our website. The aim of this blog is to provide a space to post the latest developments happening across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. These developments may be related to Funding, Research Projects, Key Projects provided by us as a Sports Partnership or simply just handy information to know. Hopefully this blog will inform you across a range of topics:

Exercise as an early fall intervention; A systematic review has been published highlighting the usefulness of exercise as an appropriate intervention in fall prevention in older peoples (+65 years). At least one-third of people over the age of 65 fall each year. Exercise that targets balance, gait and muscle strength have previously been found to prevent falls in these people. However, the review has found that exercise programmes were effective regardless of whether they were delivered individually or in groups, by health professionals or trained non‐health professionals, to younger or older populations (based on a 75 year age threshold) or to those identified at a higher risk of falls or not selected for risk of falls.

The take-home message of the article is that getting active leads to less falls and a healthier, safer life!

Sport England - Small Grants Programme; Sport England wants to fund eligible organisations that get more people engaged in sport and meet one or more of the aims in Sport England's strategy, which are to: get inactive people to become more active, develop more resilient sporting habits, lead to more positive attitudes among young people, develop more diverse volunteers and improve progression and inclusion in talent development. For information please click the link.

For more information click the link!

Persimmon Homes Building Futures; another fund targeting those looking to fund projects that target youth within sport. Do you run a youth hockey club and need a new changing room, or perhaps your swim team needs a minibus to travel to events? The 2019 Building Futures campaign is looking to fund projects to bring positive change to children. There are monthly cash donations of £1,000 for 128 groups over four months from February to May 2019. Then in the final stages, prizes range from £100,000 down to £5,000. For further information please visit;

If you would like to discuss any of the topics mentioned drop us a line on twitter: @SportsPartHW or email our Insight officer at:

Tags: February, Herefordshire, Insight, Worcestershire

Tom Lawley

Tom Lawley

Project Officer (Information and Insight)

  • Insight
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  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Active Lives
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