Active Citizens Worldwide

London is one of three founding cities of the Active Citizens Worldwide (ACW) project; the first network providing policymakers in cities across the world with knowledge, insights and ideas to transform the physical activity profiles of their cities.

ACW is a global network of like-minded, aspirational cities that believe in the power of sport and physical activity to transform their cities for the better. London, alongside Auckland and Singapore, published the first Active Citizens Worldwide report in 2018 with Stockholm joining for year two ahead of the 2019 publication.

Through the annual conferences and informal connections, ACW cities can share best practices, support each other in collaboration, and together develop solutions that benefit everyone.

In the second year of Active Citizens Worldwide (ACW), there was compelling evidence from the participating cities which sheds light on the complex systemic interplay between socio-economics, demographics, policy, and physical activity consumption.

This growing understanding enables cities to ensure all segments of society can participate in sport and physical activity, and in doing so help to create a happier, healthier and wealthier city.

Key findings in 2019:

Physical activity makes you happier and healthier with significant wider benefits to the city.

ACW analysis shows that physically active individuals are:

• 6% happier
• 28% more trusting of community
• 6% higher life satisfaction
• 14% less psychologically distressed

Across the 4 ACW cities:


• 4,400 lives saved
• US$1.6 billon healthcare savings
• US$14 billion economic contribution
• 65,000 jobs created


About Active Citizens Worldwide

ACW sets a new global standard in terms of measurement, analysis and insight for physical activity in cities.

While there have been many attempts at qualitative or anecdotal networking of cities around activity in the past, a global data-based benchmarking programme of this comprehensive scale and depth is unprecedented.

ACW conducts benchmarking across the four cities aiming to pinpoint genuine best practices and create a unique network of knowledge.

Benchmarking provides cities with the unique opportunity to uncover global trends, identify anomalies and learn from others around effective physical activity interventions.


Find out more

To learn more about the Active Citizens Worldwide project, please contact insight@londonsport.org