Sport England Insight Briefing

Sport England Insight Briefing

Posted: Thu, 14 May 2020 09:10 by Thomas Lawley

Sport England Insight Briefing

To supplement the Active Lives Surveys (Adult and Children & Young People), Sport England are publishing a series of briefings providing a regular picture of physical activity behaviours and attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the government issuing guidance on social distancing and limiting people to one piece of outdoor exercise a day, Sport England commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct regular surveys. Each week, over a three-day period, Savanta ComRes survey 2,000 adults to assess their activity levels and attitudes towards physical activity.

Data has been weighted to be representative of adults in England by age, gender, region and social grade, including those with children aged under 16 in their households.

To read the latest briefing yourself, please click here.

Week 5: 1-4 May

Activity levels are relatively unchanged for adults and children, with the gender gap persisting, but home-based activity has increased and attitudes around activity have also improved.

  • 36% of adults did less activity this week than before the restrictions, while 35% did more
  • 61% of adults think it's more important to be active during the outbreak compared to other times
  • 67% of adults agree exercise is helping them manage their physical health, with 62% using it to manage their mental health
  • 61% of adults walked in the last week, 19% jogged, 13% cycled and 48% did home-based activity
  • 35% of children, according to adults in their household, are doing fewer than 30 minutes of activity a day, while 19% are doing more than an hour.

Overall, there has been a decrease in the number of people doing fewer than 30 minutes of physical on no days during the week.

And while the gender gap persists in terms of the number of people doing at least 30 minutes of activity on five or more days a week, the figures for each gender saying they're doing more, or less, than usual are much closer this week.

Home-based activity levels also improved this week and is up to its highest level yet at 48%.

And while there has been a steady increase over the course of the survey in people saying they are finding new ways to get active, 84% of gym or leisure centre members says they're likely to resume their membership when facilities reopen.

Tags: COVID-19, Insight, Sport England

Tom Lawley

Tom Lawley

Project Officer (Information and Insight)

  • Insight
  • Data analysis
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Active Lives
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