StreetGames briefing papers

Using Sport England’s Active People Survey 6 and learning from the StreetGames network we have prepared a series of briefing papers across 15 sports on rates of participation and social class. The papers also provide examples of best practice for what works well in a StreetGames doorstep sport setting.

Athletics participation and social class »

Badminton participation and social class »

Basketball participation and social class »

Boxing participation and social class »

Cricket participation and social class »

Cycling participation and social class »

Football participation and social class »

Golf participation and social class »

Netball participation and social class »

Rowing participation and social class »

Rugby League participation and social class »

Rugby Union participation and social class »

Swimming participation and social class »

Table tennis participation and social class »

Tennis participation and social class »


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 6 began in mid-October 2011 and ran until the middle of October 2012. 

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