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Source: Savanta Oct 2021


Savanta Eco Index 2021.pdf

The brand-new research, surveying over 6,000 responden

Source: Women in Sport Oct 2021



The covid pandemic has seen a reduction in activity levels for both teenage girls and their mum’s while time spent online has soared. #TimeTogether is back, encouraging and inspiring teenage girls and their mums/mother figures to reconnect and get active together.

New research from Women in Sport reveals 89% o

Source: The FA 14.10.21




The Football Association has announced an ambitious new three-year plan titled Football Your Way, to help develop, improve and raise awareness of disability football in England.

The new plan is the first of its kind and covers seven key areas, demonstrating The FA's commitment to ensuring that as part of the equality, diversity and inclusion stra

Source: NCSEM 18.10.21



Researchers from Loughborough University have outlined a series of recommendations to enhance the diversity of sport coaches across the UK. The Coaching for All (CFA) initiative was delivered between March 2020 and June 2021 by Sporting Communities with Loughborough appointed as its lead research partner.

A total of 29 participants from disadvantaged com

Source: BMJ Journal Oct2021




The benefits of physical activity for people living with long-term conditions (LTCs) are well established. However, the risks of physical activity are less well documented. The fear of exacerbating symptoms and causing adverse events is a persuasive barrier to physical activity in this population.

This work aimed to agree clear statements for use by healthcare profession

Source: The Lancet 06.10.21


Disability cohort study.pdf


People with learning disabilities are at substantially increased risk of COVID-19 mortality, but evidence on risks of COVID-19 mortality for disabled people more generally is limited. We aimed to use population-level data to estimate the association between self-reported disability and death involving COVID-19 during the first two waves of the COVID-19 pan

Source: Activity Alliance 08.10.21




Get Yourself Active has launched its Active at Home research – a report into the experiences of disabled people and people with long term health conditions around getting active during the COVID pandemic. The report focuses on learning the sport and leisure sector can take forward now restrictions

Source: Youth Sport Trust 06.10.21



Children across the country have reported feeling fitter and stronger - not just physically but mentally - since returning to a more active way of learning following a year of disruption.

A group of ten schools across the UK have been working with children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust to introduce and evaluate ‘Active

Source: Youth Sport Trust 11.10.21



Periods, low confidence, and other people watching. New data has shown that girls are continuing to report the same barriers to physical activity in schools.

Data from the Youth Sport Trust’s Girls Active programme over the last three years has revealed the barriers remain the same, but periods have become a bigger concern for gi

Source: Sport England 29.09.2021



 A new video-on-demand platform is hoping to inspire teenage girls to get active through fun PE lessons. This Girl Can’s Studio You launches today and aims to increase the number of teenage girls meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guideline level of physical activity for their age.

Currently 57% of girls aged 13-16 are not meeting the guidelines, with a 52.9% citing a lack of confidence and 5

Source: Sustrans.org 27.09.21



Figures released by Sustrans to mark this year's Bike to School Week reveal that only 2% of children cycle to school, but many more wish they could.

Sustrans commissioned a UK-wide YouGov survey of 1,305 children aged 6-15 to find out about their journey to and from school. The survey found that just 2% of pupils actually travel by bike, but 14% w

workforces movingSource: UK Active 29.09.21



ukactive and Sport England have announced a consultation to uncover existing and new opportunities to get workforces moving more. The organisations have joined forces to understand what the physical activity sector is doing to support employees to be more active, in addition to exploring how to work more closely to improve

Source: Sport England 30.09.21



The UK’s sports councils have published new guidance for transgender inclusion in domestic sport.

The Sports Councils’ Equality Group (SCEG), made up of representatives from each of the UK’s sports councils (UK Sport, Sport England, Sport Wales, sportscotland and Sport Northern Ireland), commissioned a review of its existing guidance (2013/15) for the inclusion of transg

Source: Ageing-better.org 04.10.21



According to a new report, 'Best foot forward' published by the Centre for Ageing Better, too many people in their 50s and 60s will remain physically inactive unless we re-design our neighbourhoods to encourage walking and cycling. The report, which looked at the barriers people in this age group face to walking and cycling, says that action is need

Source: NCSEM 01.10.21



Making small changes to your daily calorie intake and/or physical activity levels to manage your weight may help to prevent weight gain, a new Loughborough University study has found.

Most adults on average gain 0.5–1 kg per year. As a result, over 50% of the global population are living with being overweight and are at increased

Source: pathsforall.org.uk Sept 2021



Paths for All and the University of Stirling, are investigating how care home residents are supported to be active as part of their day-to-day routine.

Staying active in a care home is important to avoid deconditioning and the researchers are keen to hear about experiences of working or volunteering in a care home in the UK.

They are interested

Source: swimming.org sept 2021


A Decade of Decline Report.pdf

A new report from Swim England A Decade of Decline shows a worrying future for our swimming pools. At current rates, by the end of the decade almost 2,000 swimming pools could be lost forever, threatening the future of our aquatic sports and leaving millions shut out of the activities they love.

The report shows that for every £1 spent on community sport and physical activity nearl

Source: Gov.uk 22.09.2021



This statistical release from the Department for Transport presents information on walking and cycling in England in 2020 using data from the 2020 National Travel Survey (NTS) and the November 2019 to 2020 Active Lives Survey (ALS).

Key findings


·        Average walking trips decreased in 2020, whilst miles walked per person increased to their highest levels since 2002.


Source: UK Active 20.09.21



Less than a third (27%) of UK adults say they are as physically fit as they would like to be following the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research commissioned by ukactive.

ukactive’s poll of just over 2,000 adults, conducted by Savanta ComRes**, found that over a quarter (27%) said they

Source: Youth Sport Trust Sept 21



The Youth Sport Trust has published The Class of 2035: How sport can empower a generation. The study, carried out by Foresight Factory, warns of significant inequalities in young people’s engagement with sport and exercise, particularly among those from poorer backgrounds. It calls for young people to be given a greater say in provision, and mo