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World-leading survey reveals insight into activity levels of children and young people in the county.

Posted: Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:47

World-leading survey reveals insight into activity levels of children and young people in the county.

Sport England recently published the first results (official statistics) of the 'Active Lives Children and Young People' survey. This is the most 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, in school years 1 – 11.

The key findings are:

  • Around 3million children (43.3%) lead active lives, doing an average of 60 or more minutes of physical activity a day.
  • Of the group of active children, only the most active 1.2m (17.5% of total) are meeting the CMO guideline of 60+ minutes of activity a day, every day of the week.
  • Just over 2.3 million children and young people (32.9%) are less active which means they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
  • A further 1.7m (23.9%) are fairly active, doing between 30-59 minutes of physical activity a day.

In Northamptonshire, a random sample of 117 schools was selected by Sport England to take part in the survey. Of the 117 schools, 36 schools actually took part in the survey (31% of those selected), with 2469 young people completing the surveys (1383 yrs. 1 – 6 & 1086 yr. 7 – 11), and alongside 134 parents and 22 teachers.

The data for Northamptonshire paints a similar picture to national data, with 45% of our young people leading active lives, doing an average of 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day. Of this active group of young people, 18.5% meet the 60 active minutes than national (17.5%) or East Midlands (17.7%). However, it does meant that there are around 27,000 (27%) young people in Northamptonshire that are deemed to be less active and are doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

In schools in Northamptonshire, our young people are slightly more active (28.1%) than the national average (27.7%) but are not as active as East Midlands schools (33.7%). The data also shows that Northamptonshire's Year 7 and 8 cohort are the most active in school years, with 44.7%) active for 30 minutes or more at school, whilst the least active are those in year 3 – 4 (18.1%). The data also shows that Northampton has the most active school children, with 31% of children accessing 30 minutes or more of activity at school compared to only 20.6% in Kettering. However, 31.5% of young people in Kettering access over 30 minutes of activity outside of school, the highest in Northamptonshire, compared to Wellingborough at 18.5%

Chris Holmes, Director Of Northamptonshire Sport said,

"there is a lot of very good work happening throughout the county , in local schools and community settings to provide opportunities for our young people to be active. Whilst Northamptonshire is performing slightly better than the national average, we know there is much more work to do to embed activity at the very heart of our young people's lives. We will continue to work with local stakeholders to give all of our young people the very best start to a lifelong participation in physical activity."

In Northamptonshire, a random sample of 117 schools was selected by Sport England to take part in the survey. Of the 117 schools, 36 schools actually took part in the survey (31% of those selected), with 2469 young people completing the surveys (1383 yrs. 1 – 6 & 1086 yr. 7 – 11), and alongside 134 parents and 22 teachers. In the words of Sport England CEO, Tim Hollingsworth, "the results tell us that what is currently being done to support [children and young people] is not enough and change is required." He is calling for, "a national focus on the health and wellbeing of our nation's children and for the whole system to be united in delivering change".

The full report on the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey with links to the published data can be found at: http://www.sportengland.org/activeliveschildren

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