In a new world leading approach to monitoring physical activity levels of children and young people the Sport England Active Lives Children and Young People survey has been released. The survey is run annually in randomly selected schools for children in years 1-11, collecting measures of activity levels as well as other measurements such as physical literacy and self-efficacy. The data is reported on an annual level however can be drawn down to a local authority level, and each school that completes the survey receive’s a school level report as well.
Across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, 21,300 (19.4%) children meet the Chief Medical Officer (C.M.O.) guidelines and are active for at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. 47,900 (43.7%) children are physically active for at least seven hours a week, however this includes some days where they achieve less than the C.M.O guidelines of 60 minutes per day.
A third of children across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are less active, achieving less than 30 minutes of physical activity per day. The trend is for physical activity levels to drop considerably as children age. By years 9-11 41.4% of childrendon’t even achieve 30 minutes of physical activity per day. The benefits of physical activity however are clear, with children who were physically active for 60 minutes or more every day reporting higher happiness and life satisfaction scores.
If you would like to access the full Sport England report then you can access this here. If you wish to visit the Sport England website for further information about their active lives surveys then access their website here.