Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People survey measures the sport and physical activity levels of children and young people aged 5-16 years across England. Administered by schools, the survey also includes measures for wellbeing, attitudes towards sport and physical activity and volunteering. The findings are being used to shape future policy and investment in school sport.

Follow this link to access the Sport England Active Lives Information and resources

Active Lives Children and Young People 2022-23 Report

At a National Level:

  • Overall activity levels are stable as the initial recovery from the pandemic was maintained across the 2022-23 academic year
  • Nationally 47% of children and young people are active which is unchanged from last year.
  • Significant inequalities remain in activity levels, with Black and Asian children and young people, and those from the least affluent families
  • 68,000 (1.5%) more girls playing football since the Lionesses won Euro 2022. There are now 845,000 girls playing the game in England, an increase of 176,000 (4%) since the 2017-18 academic year.
  • There are also one million (11.5%) more children and young people walking, cycling or scootering to get places than there were five years ago. Active travel during the pandemic has been maintained since society returned to normal.
  • Activity levels among children and young people with a disability or long term health condition are the same

At a local level:

  • In Kent and Medway, 45.2% of children and young people are active.

Taking part in the Active Lives Survey

Active Kent and Medway is managing the survey in Kent and Medway on behalf of Sport England with the support of School Games Organisers.  Ipsos MORI, a specialist research agency, are processing the survey and abide by the Market Research Code of Conduct, which includes ensuring the survey is confidential and anonymous.

Selected Schools

Schools are randomly selected to take part but any school, if not selected in a school year, can chose to take part by opting-in.  If your school is selected you will be contacted and, subject to completing a minimum number of surveys, you will receive a bespoke report on the findings plus equipment vouchers to the value of at least £100. Those schools who take part will also receive a Healthy Schools Rating, providing they complete the minimum number of surveys including a teacher survey.

Opt-In Schools

Schools which are not randomly selected can choose to take part and, subject to them completing a minimum number of surveys, will receive a free report on the findings.  Please contact if you’d like to opt-in to take the survey.

All the latest information on taking part, as well as supporting resources for schools can be found on the Sport England website. This includes details on the process, survey questions, example school reports, template communications for parents, information for the students and teachers who are taking part as well as the privacy policy.

Follow this link for Sport England’s Active Lives CYP pages

If you have any questions about the Active Lives Survey, please contact Charlie Sharp at


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