Landmark report reveals children’s activity levels for the first time

Findings from Sport England’s new research; ‘Active Lives Children and Young People’ highlights that there are 2.3 million children and young people who are doing less than 30 minutes of activity a day. ‘Active Lives Children and Young People’ is the largest ever survey of its kind, and provides comprehensive insight into how children in England are taking part in sport and physical activity both in and out of school.

The research report identifies the collation between being active and positive health and mental wellbeing as well as personal development.  The reports clearly states that more needs to be done to increase activity levels of children and young people, something that Cerebral Palsy Sport fully supports and will help to address.

Finding include:

  • Around 3 million children (43.3%) lead active lives, doing an average of 60 or more minutes of physical activity a day.
  • Among active children, only the most active 1.2m (17.5% of total) are meeting the CMO guideline of 60+ minutes of activity a day, every day of the week.
  • Just over 2.3 million children and young people (32.9%) are less active which means they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
  • A further 1.7m (23.9%) are fairly active, doing 30-59 minutes of physical activity a day.
  • Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth calls for a focus on the health and wellbeing of young people with system-wide change.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s vision is to support people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments, to reach their potential through active recreation. Our 2019 Sport Development programme consists of 40 events and activities that will provide opportunities for children and young people to access sport, often for the first time, and continue to participate on a regular basis.

To find out more about what events we have planned please click here

To download and read the Sport England report please visit