Active People Survey

Runner's legs gathered at the starting line

The Active People Survey is the largest ever survey of sport and active recreation to be undertaken in Europe.

On 15 October 2012, fieldwork for Active People Survey 7 (2012/13) started. Active People Survey 7 will run until 14 October 2013.

Fieldwork for the sixth wave of the survey, Active People Survey 6 (2011/12) was completed on 14 October 2012 and results were published on Thursday 6 December 2012.

The survey provides by far the largest sample size ever established for a sport and recreation survey and allows levels of detailed analysis previously unavailable. It identifies how participation varies from place to place and between different groups in the population.

The survey also measures; the proportion of the adult population that volunteer in sport on a weekly basis, club membership, involvement in organised sport/competition, receipt of tuition or coaching, and overall satisfaction with levels of sporting provision in the local community.

The questionnaire was designed to enable analysis of the findings by a broad range of demographic information, such as gender, social class, ethnicity, household structure, age and disability.

The Active People Survey also provides the measurement for the Local area estimates of adult participation in sport and active recreation (formerly NI8).

Since 2009, The Active People Survey provides Official Statistics, under the Statistics and Registration Act 2007.

The first year of the survey, Active People Survey 1, was conducted between October 2005 and October 2006.

Active People Survey 2 began on 15 October 2007 and was completed on 14 October 2008.

Active People Survey 3 (2008/9) began on 15 October 2008 and was completed on 14 October 2009.

Active People Survey 4 (2009/10) began on 15 October 2009 and was completed on 14 October 2010.

Active People Survey 5 (2010/11) began on 15 October 2010 and was completed on 14 October 2011.

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