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Active People Survey, 2015-2016

Title details

SN: 8165
Title: Active People Survey, 2015-2016
Alternative title: APS10
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-8165-1
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. (2017). Active People Survey, 2015-2016. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 8165,

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Subject Categories

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


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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.

Variables no longer available on the Active People Survey
A number of questions were dropped from the Active People Survey for the last six months of its lifespan, due to dual running with the new Active Lives Survey. So, there is no data available for them in the APS10 dataset. The questions dropped covered:
  • Reasons for participation;
  • Sport provision;
  • Change in participation;
  • Likelihood to do more sport;
  • Gender identity;
  • Sexual identity;
  • Volunteering by individual sport.
Some other variables are also unavailable, for example D14B (How is your health in general?) and D14ar (Overall how satisfied is your life nowadays?), but may still be referenced in the documentation.

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 2015 - September 2016 - 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
Individuals aged 14+ living in England during 2015-2016.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 164,458 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 May 2017
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)
APS7: Codebook 8165_aps_7_codebook.xlsx 375
APS10: Guide to Weighting 8165_guide_to_weighting_active_people_survey_data_10q4.pdf 327
APS10: Active People Survey 5-10 Technical Report 8165_technical_report_260133006_active_people_survey_10_v3.pdf 2483
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_8165_Information.htm 6
READ File read8165.htm 10


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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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