Active Lives Children & Young People Survey 

Academic Year 2021/22 

This update relates to Sport England's fifth annual Active Lives Children and Young People Survey report, summarising the activity levels of 5 to 16-year-olds in England during the academic year 2021-22.

Covering September 2021 to July 2022, this year's report highlights some positive changes at a national level with an increase of 2.6% in overall activity levels since the last survey. However, the picture is not so positive at a local level here in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

Here is an overview of the report...

Nationally, the percentage of active children (ie. those who do more than 60 minutes of activity per day) is up by 2.6% to 47.2%

The percentage of less active children (ie. those who do less than 30 minutes of activity per day) is down by 2.3% to 30.1%



In Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin the percentage of less active children has increased to 32.9% from 27.8% last year and is above the national average of 30.1%



Nationally, boys activity levels have increased by 5% to 50% since last year and girls have remained the same at 45%.

Secondary girls are more active than since the survey started in 2016.


All other age groups' activity have recovered to pre-pandemic levels except age 7-9 years, whose activity levels are the lowest at 39%.



Black boys continue to be the least active ethnic group - their activity levels are down 7.7% vs pre-pandemic.



Children with higher activity levels continue to have higher levels of wellbeing. 

More children choose to get active to support their wellbeing vs last year: 

* Exercise to relax or worry less +1.2% * Exercise socially for fun + 2.1% 


More children enjoy sport vs last year +1.5%

More children love being active vs last year +2%



Here is the link to the full Sport England Report