StreetGames briefing paper

For many years research has highlighted variations in the levels of sports participation across different income groups. StreetGames analysed Active People Survey 3 (APS3 2008-09) to see whether this was still the case. We found that young people (aged 16 to 19) from lower household incomes are much less likely to get sports tuition than those from higher household incomes. They are also less likely to belong to sports clubs and to play sports competitively, or at all.

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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 3 began on 15th October 2008 and ran for 12 months until mid-October 2009.

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