Active Lives (Children and Young People)

The Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People is the survey that measures young people’s involvement in physical activity and sport across the whole country.

This survey is supported by Sport England, the Department of Health, the Department of Education and the Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport.

It looks into the physical activity and sport behaviours of children and provides a world-leading approach to gathering data on how children engage with sport and physical activity.

We manage the roll out of this survey across schools in London, engaging with a minimum of 200 schools per school term.

Active Lives Children and Young People Data

Since 2017, following on from the Active Lives Adult Survey, Sport England began gathering data on how Children and Young People engage with sport and physical activity across the country.

The England and London figures for active children (those completing 60 minutes of activity every day) is available below. For a borough-by-borough breakdown, see our dashboards. The most recent data, the 2019-20 academic year, is available below.

Active Lives Data (% of children who are active) 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020

2019/20 Active Lives Children and Young People Data

Using the data from 2019/20, we prepared a dashboard (below) to present the behaviours of children and young people across the capital in relation to their engagement in sport and physical activity.

This dashboard shows the levels of physical activity of children and young people in each local authority and presents comparisons to the national and London averages.

To download a PDF copy of this dashboard, select the ‘download’ button at the bottom of the dashboard. Select the ‘PDF’ option and change the paper size to A4. Your PDF should now be ready to download.