Insight Blog - Tags: May

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Posted: Tue, 26 May 2020 10:00 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 6: 8-11 May

With little change in the figures, home-based activity reduced and the gender gap remains with men more likely to be doing 30 minutes of activity a day, five times a week, and women more likely to be doing less activity than normal.

  • 37% of adults did less activity this week than before the restrictions, while 33% did more
  • 64% of adults think it's more important to be active during the outbreak compared to other times
  • 70% of adults agree exercise is helping them manage their physical health, with 61% using it to manage their mental health
  • 63% of adults walked in the last week, 19% jogged, 13% cycled and 43% did home-based activity
  • 30% of children, according to adults in their household, are doing fewer than 30 minutes of activity a day, while 22% are doing more than an hour.

As the survey covering the initial phase of government restrictions comes to an end, it is clear that inequalities from activity levels pre-coronavirus, are maintained and even strengthened during the pandemic.

Men have been more likely to do more activity than women, while greater affluence as appears to correlate with greater activity levels and those from black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds are less likely to be active during the pandemic.

On a positive note, people's attitude towards activity appear to be improving, with Week 6 seeing the highest level of people considering activity more important now than pre-coronavirus.

Also, the number of people walking and cycling has increased over the first six weeks of the survey, and while home-based activity reduced in Week 6, that could be attributed to the improved weather.

Data from c. 2,000 respondents was weighted to be representative of adults in England by age, gender, region and social grade.

Full data tables can be found on the Savanta ComRes website.

Tags: COVID-19, Herefordshire, Insight, May, Sport England, Worcestershire

Posted: Tue, 28 May 2019 11:00 by Thomas Lawley

May madness

May madness

Welcome to fourth edition of the insight blog. Read on as we look back on all the goings on in May.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Impact reports

The first of our impact reports for the districts across Herefordshire and Worcestershire has been released this past month. These impact reports will be a helpful resource for local organisations, providing key information to help support potential funding bids with easily accessible key stats.

An overview of some key stats of the report are as follows. Over 80% of Herefordshire residents are satisfied with the local area as a place to live, satisfied with their home as a place to live and feel safe when outside in their local area during the day. On average, life satisfaction in Herefordshire is similar to nationally. However, 10% express low life satisfaction, compared to 5% in the UK.

In terms of physical activity, Herefordshire is in line with the national averages across all three activity categories. 59% of Herefordshire adults are Active (150+ minutes per week), national average is 62%. 15% of adults are fairly active (30-149 minutes per week) national average is 13%. Finally 26% of adults are inactive (less than 30 minutes per week) national average is 25%. This means that are around 41,000 physically inactive adults in Herefordshire.

Bike to School Week June 3-7

Organised by the Sustrans charity. The week is designed to encourage parents and kids to start cycling to school.

Childhood obesity is a growing concern. Only 60 per cent of boys and 40 per cent of girls are getting the minimum of an hours' moderate physical activity a day they need to stay healthy. On average children now spend more time sat in a car travelling to school than the time allocated to physical education on the school curriculum. Currently only four per cent of children cycle to school. That's despite nearly half saying they'd like to and the vast majority living within a reasonable cycling distance. That more don't cycle is largely linked to safety concerns, but these are nowhere near as high as perceived. Cycling to school improves a child's physical health. They are also more alert, less stressed and sleep better. It helps improve a child's independence and self-confidence. There's even clear evidence that their academic performance improves. There are wider community benefits too. Cars on the school run account for about 20 per cent of traffic at the 8am-9am peak. They add to congestion, cause major parking and safety problems around the school gate and contribute to air pollution including nitrogen dioxide – a pollutant that stunts children's growth and increases risks of asthma and lung cancer.

Parents themselves also benefit. They don't have to spend time on the school run, an activity estimated to collectively cost them £520 million a year.

For more information on this, the Bromsgrove advertiser have written an article on the upcoming week (, alternatively head over to the Sustrans website to learn more about the week as well as the great work they're doing.

Tags: Herefordshire, Impact reports, Insight, May, Worcestershire

Tom Lawley

Tom Lawley

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