The latest Active Lives data released by Sport England today, show adults in Suffolk to be more active than the national average.
The survey has reported that 61.4% of adults across the country are meeting the physical activity guidelines set by the Chief Medical Officer, which
after a very challenging year for the country due to the pandemic not surprisingly shows a significant decrease over the last 12 months.
However, for Suffolk 63.2% of adults are classified as active, which is a slight improvement in the direction of travel
compared to last year's figures. Overall, the figures show that Suffolk is the only Active Partnership area to show a statistically significant increase
in the number of active people since 2015/16, when the Active Lives survey was first produced, which is very encouraging and shows the strength of the collaborative
partnership working across Suffolk.
Insight into the impact of the pandemic, also highlighted the widening of health inequalities which is a known factor effecting the number of people taking part in
regular physical activity. During this challenging time, and in addition to other successes Active Suffolk have proudly secured £493,000 of funding through Sport
England for sports clubs and organisations across the county who work to tackle those recognised inequalities such as disability, ethnicity, areas of deprivation and
long- term conditions.
For more information about the latest insight published by Sport England, visit
The national report also gives an overview of volunteering in sport and physical activity in England. It shows that one in five adults – just under 10 million people
– gave up their time to support sport and physical activity at some point across the 12 months from November 2019 to November 2020. It underlines what we already
knew: the response by sports volunteers to the challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic has been inspirational and phenomenal, so thank you to all those
volunteers out there!
The full Active Lives report published by Sport England can be found at: