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Sport England – Active Lives Children Survey 2018/19

06 December 2019

Sport England has this week announced its Active Lives Children Survey, which looks at participation figures and attitudes towards activity in children and young people – statistics that show that children’s activity levels on the rise.

– Almost half of children in England now take part in an average of 60 minutes of physical activity a day – up 3.6% from last year.

– The rise is driven by more children getting active outside of school – 57.2% of children and young people do an average of 30 minutes or more a day outside of school, compared to 40.4% at school.

– Significant inequalities remain in the areas of family affluence, gender and race.

Almost half of children and young people (46.8%) in England are doing the recommended average of 60 or more minutes of physical activity a day – a rise of 3.6% over the last year.

This finding comes from Sport England’s report into the activity levels of the nation’s children and means that 3.3 million children are now meeting the new recommended Chief Medical Officer Guidelines – 279,600 more children than last year.

Government guidelines recommend that children and young people should get 30 minutes of their daily physical activity in the school day and 30 minutes outside of school. The figures show that there has been a rise in children getting active outside of school over the last year, with 57% (up 4.6%) doing an average of 30 minutes or more a day outside of school, compared to 40% at school.

Activities outside of school that are on the rise include active play, team sports and walking.

At the other end of the scale, 2.1 million children and young people (29.0%) are doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day, and while that number is decreasing (by 3.9% over the last year) it is a reminder of how much more needs to be done. In the middle, another 1.7 million (24.2%) children are ‘fairly active’ taking part in average of 30-59 minutes a day.

The full report can be viewed here.

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