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Tweet Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Sport England reveals enjoyment as the biggest factor motivating active children

Sport England has now published the next stage of their first Active Lives Children and Young People Survey. These official statistics provide the richest evidence yet on the factors that positively influence children and young people’s activity levels.

The study focusses on physical literacy, the five key elements of taking part - enjoyment, confidence, competence, understanding and knowledge. Taken together, this research describes how these impact children’s activity levels, mental wellbeing, resilience and levels of social trust.

The research findings come at a crucial time, given the imminent release of the Government’s School Sport Action plan, its green paper on preventing long-term health conditions, and the plans to use physical activity to integrate communities and reduce childhood obesity.

Sport England CEO, Tim Hollingsworth, says: “We hope these results will be considered and acted on by all who deliver activity and sport.”

Active Lives provides comprehensive insight into how children in England are taking part in sport and physical activity both in and out of school, drawing on the views of 130,000 children and young people.

The full report on the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey (with links to the published data) can be found at