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Active People Survey, 2010-2011

Title details

SN: 7138
Title: Active People Survey, 2010-2011
Alternative title: APS5
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7138-3
Series: Active Lives Survey
Depositor: Sport England
Principal investigator(s): Sport England
Data collector(s): TNS-BMRB
Sponsor(s): Sport England


The citation for this study is:

Sport England. (2015). Active People Survey, 2010-2011. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 7138,

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Subject Categories

Leisure, tourism and sport - Society and culture
Physical fitness and exercise - Health


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The Active Lives Survey (ALS), commenced in November 2015. It replaces the Active People Survey, which ran from 2005 to 2015. The survey provides 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, across different sports, 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.

More general information about the study can be found on the Sport England Active People Survey webpage.

For the second edition (October 2015), the data file was replaced with a new version to reflect changes in the Sport England core measure, the '1x30' indicator. The documentation has also been updated.
Main Topics:
Topics covered in the APS include:
  • overall sports participation;
  • participation in individual sports;
  • club membership;
  • walking and cycling;
  • volunteering in sport;
  • latent demand for sport (those who want to do more sport);
  • organised competition;
  • receipt of tuition.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: October 2010 - October 2011 - Questions on walking, cycling and active recreation undertaken used the previous four weeks as a reference period. For questions relating to receipt of instruction and competition, the reference period was the last 12 months.
Country: England
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Council Areas
County Sport Partnerships
Local Authority Districts
Standard Statistical Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults aged 16+ living in England during 2010-2011.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 166,805 cases.
Method of data collection: Telephone interview
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 24 October 2012
Latest edition: 05 October 2015 (2nd Edition)
Copyright: Copyright Sport England
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Unclassified aps_codebook.xlsx 231
Technical Report 7138_active_people_survey_5_technical_report.pdf 2596
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7138_Information.htm 6
READ File read7138.htm 11


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Resulting from secondary analysis:
Stewart, G., Kwame Anokye, N. and Pokhrel, S. (2015) 'Quantifying the contribution of utility cycling to population levels of physical activity: an analysis of the Active People Survey', Journal of Public Health, advance access published online December 11, 2015. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdv182


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