In a world leading approach, the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey gathers data on how children engage with sport and physical activity. The survey is run annually in randomly selected schools for children in years 1-11 (age 5-16), collecting measures of activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust. Estimates can be made down to local authority level where sample sizes are sufficient.
The Sport England Active Lives Children Survey shows around 47,900 children (43.7%) across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough lead active lives, however only 21,300 children (19.4%) are meeting guidelines of the Chief Medical Officer of at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
The survey found that more active children and young people are, more likely to have a positive perceived self-efficacy. The highest levels are seen in those who are active every day (93.3%), the lowest levels of perceived self-efficacy were recorded in those who are least active (86.9%).Similarly, those who volunteer at least twice a year to support sport and physical activity are more likely to have a more positive level of perceived self-efficacy.
This first year of data has provided some interesting information. Children and young people are less active as they get older, and also volunteer less. Those who are most physically active are happier, more satisfied and feel that what they do is more worthwhile. These young people are also more likely to have positive levels of perceived self-efficacy and positive levels of social trust.
Whilst the data is incredibly useful, the potential for a far greater response is shown by the fact 21% of schools randomly selected agreed to participate in the survey. Sport England offer sports equipment incentives for schools which complete the survey. Schools will be able to pick from a range of 31 items which include agility mats, a parachute canopy and inclusive sport equipment such as goalball kits. Schools also receive an individualised report detailing physical activity levels within their school. If you would like further information about the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey then please contact Chris.Whitfield@livingsport.co.uk.
Please click here if you would like to see the full summary report for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.