Here we try to bring together some of the national and local research and evidence that is being used to shape and guide much of the work that we are doing.



Nationally there is always some research into some aspect of sport or physical activity taking place. This then helps to provides us with a solid understanding and base layer of information to help form our work.


Active Lives Survey

This is published twice a year and provides an overview of adults activity levels in England as well as the types of activities they are doing, personal demographics and how much they are volunteering in different sporting environments.

Sport England Active Lives Adult Survey May 17-18

Active Lives Children and Young People Survey

This is a new report which is looking at the physical activity levels of children both in and out of school. Again, this reports personal demographics, which activities children are engaging with and information about volunteering. It does also highlight children and young people’s ability to swim as the national guidelines indicate that children should be able to swim 25 metres unaided by the time they leave primary school.

Sport England Active Lives Children Survey Academic Year 17-18

The children and young people’s attitudes report was released in March 2019.

Sport England Children and Young People's Attitude Report Academic Year 17-18


Topical Research and Reports

Public Health England’s Change4Life continues to work with Disney to develop the “10 minute Shake Ups” designed to make children move more whilst having fun. The latest Shake Ups were released at the start of July and can be found here 

At the same time, a piece of research by Change4Life was released and highlighted that less than half of parents are aware that physical activity can

  • Build children’s self-confidence (49%)
  • Help to reduce children’s anxiety (47%)
  • Improve their self-esteem (46%)
  • Help children develop attributes to help them cope with life’s little setbacks (16%)

The evidence that physical activity can help people mentally, as well as physically, is continuing to grow. However, it is important that these messages are reaching everyone especially those in a position to help shape the future generations i.e. parents.

The full report can be found here


The UK Active Research Institute released the annual “Moving Communities: Active Leisure Trends 2019 Report” at the end of June.

The report provides much detail about who is attending the local leisure facilities, what they are doing and when they are doing it.



The national research gives a solid overview of what is going on however, it is the local information, which helps us to structure our work around the needs of Shropshire.

Active Lives Surveys – Even though this is completed across England, the results are presented in a way that we are able to assess what is going on in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. We have taken some time to go through these results and work out what is actually going on in our county.

Local Health Profiles – The local authorities and Public Health England produce health profiles for both Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

Shropshire Council Local Area Profiles Shropshire Council Profiles

Telford and Wrekin Council Local Area Profiles Telford & Wrekin Council Profiles

Public Health England Shropshire Health Profiles

PHE Profile 2018 for Shropshire

PHE Child Health Profile 2019 for Shropshire

PHE Child Health Profile 2019 for Telford & Wrekin

Primary Research

Primary research is an area that Energize is keen to develop as it provides the opportunity to further our knowledge and understanding about the county. Energize is open to working on primary research projects either as the lead or in association with other partners.

Currently we are working on the “Active Families Pilot” with the Telford and Wrekin Healthy Lifestyle Team and several schools in Telford and Wrekin to further our understanding about the activity levels of families in the Telford and Wrekin area and how potentially technology could be used differently to increase these levels.

If this is something that you would like to know more about, then please get in touch with Carol-Ann Woolley