Latest APS data shows Cheshire & Warrington are leading the way in getting more people, more active more often.
The latest Active People Survey (APS) figures have been released today and there’s great news for the Cheshire & Warrington sub-region. Both locally and nationally, the figures show a positive picture.
The APS data is released twice each year to show the number of active citizens in England. Providing the most comprehensive and authoritative picture of sports participation in, APS is central to Sport England’s measurement of its own strategy and the performance of key partners.
Cheshire and Warrington’s figures increased from 37.8% in Q2 to 39.1% in Q4 – an increase of 1.3%, making the region the joint 5th most active in the country. Compared to the first APS baseline in 2005/6, the latest figure shows an increase of 1.9%, indicating continual growth for the region.
Cheshire West & Chester have been the driving force behind the impressive APS results for the sub-region, realising an increase of 1.1% since Q2 and a huge 6.5% over the baseline in 2005/6.
The Cheshire East council area has also seen an improvement since Q2, with an increase of 1.8%, however compared to the 2005/6 baseline, this area is down by 0.2%.
Warrington’s figures also show an improvement, with an increase of 0.7% being recorded. Compared to the baseline though, the percentage of active people is down by 2.4%, meaning there’s work to be done.
The graph below shows the Cheshire and Warrington’s performance vs. England.
Nationally, 15.74 million people aged 16+ played sport at least once a week – an increase of 240,000 over the interim figure. Collectively though, the Cheshire & Warrington region is significantly more active than the national average as the graph below shows.
Another significant point to note is the success of the This Girl Can behaviour change campaign – 148,700 more women are playing sport or getting active once a week, every week.
Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England acknowledged her pleasure at seeing the difference made by ‘This Girl Can’, speaking to the BBC, she explained that the increase in women getting active was “because we've really focused on what drives women's attitudes and behaviours”
According to Mike Diaper, Sport England’s Executive Director of Community Sport, “the network of CSP’s have of course played an important role in delivering these results and their effort is very much appreciated.”
Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire, explained that “without our influential stakeholders, generous volunteers and all other groups and clubs that work so hard to provide their services, these results simply wouldn’t have been possible, so a big thank you and congratulations must go out to everyone involved.”