Sector Research

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:

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)