StreetGames research

StreetGames analysed the results of Sport England’s Active People Survey 7 to establish whether there are still variations in the levels of sports participation across different socioeconomic groups.

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Key findings 
  • For many years, research has highlighted variations in the levels of sports participation across different socio-economic groups.  The results of Active People Survey 7 illustrate this differential has been maintained.

  • APS7 results show that young people from low income households in England continue to be just over half as likely to take part in regular sport, volunteer, compete, be coached or hold club membership as those from high income households.  


Research background

StreetGames has a dedicated research and knowledge team which: 

  • Analyses rates of participation and engagement in sport to explore the differentials across socio-economic groups.

  • Explores and analyses participation trends amongst young people from lower socio-economic groups within specific sports 

  • Commissions and reviews specific research studies aimed at exploring attitudes and motivations towards sport and physical activity amongst young people from lower socio-economic groups

  • Identifies and prepares briefing papers and good practice case studies in doorstep sport to share the learning of ‘what works’ 

The Active People Survey

The Active People Survey (APS) is conducted by Sport England, the government agency responsible for delivering community sport in England, and has been run each year since October 2005. 

The continuous survey provides the largest-ever sample size of sport and active recreation to be undertaken in Europe. It collects data with the intention of showing how participation varies from place to place, 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.

Active People Survey 7 began on 15th October 2012 and ran for 12 months until mid-October 2013.

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