Activity levels in England were on course to reach record highs before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit, according to the latest Sport England Active Lives Adult Survey. In the early weeks of lockdown, findings show that disabled people were among groups disproportionately impacted. Activity Alliance responds to the results, and our fear for ‘the fairness gap’ between disabled and non-disabled people’s activity.

The findings, published today, cover the 12 months from mid-May 2019 to mid-May 2020. It includes the first seven weeks of lockdown restrictions imposed to prevent the disease from spreading.

The survey shows that the gains made in the first 10 months of the year were cancelled out by drops in activity levels during this period, despite an increase in cycling for leisure, running outside and exercising at home as people adapted their activity habits during the pandemic. Overall, activity levels in England remained stable across the 12 months.

To explain the survey’s results as clearly as possible, Sport England produced two reports.

To find out and read the various reports click here: