It can be difficult to identify and determine what the active lifestyle sector comprises; who works in it, who uses it and what are the trends within it? This is crucial information for anyone building plans to get people active or seeking to find support to get active themselves.
The ukactive team has several decades of collective experience in the sector and the team are on hand to either conduct research for members or direct to members to an appropriate source.
Our partners are also leading experts on the sector and we would recommend you view some of the following resources:
- SkillsActive, Sector Skills Assessment - detailing exactly how many people work within the activity sector
- Sport England, Active People Survey - the largest survey into sport and recreation participation
- Eurobarometer - an annual survey conducted by the European Commission into levels of participation in physical activity across all EU member states
- Leisure Database Company, State of the UK Fitness Industry Report - detailing the size of the leisure sector within the UK
- Oxygen Consulting, Low-cost Gym Sector Report - outlining the growing trend of budget clubs throughout the UK
If you don't have time to view the sources above or just want a few headline statistics, then take a look at the following:
- A third of the adult population meet the Chief Medical Officer Guidelines for physical activity (Health Survey for England)
- In 2012, 15.3 million people participated in sport at least once a week (Active People Survey)
- 13.2% of the UK population (8.3 million members) are now registered as members of a health and fitness club or publicly-owned fitness facility (Leisure Database Company State of the Industry Report)
- There were 6,112 fitness facilities within the UK in 2014 (Leisure Database Company State of the Industry Report)
- The sport and physical activity sector employs 584,000 individuals (Sector Skills Assessment 2012)
- The sector includes over 2.3 million volunteers and 150,000 voluntary clubs (Sector Skills Assessment 2012)