Rochdale is split into four townships: Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and Pennines, which includes Littleborough.

Rochdale is estimated to be home to over 218,000 people. The latest Active Lives results published by Sport England (November 2019-Nov 2020) shows that 64.3% of adults in Rochdale are active for at least 30 minutes a week, this equates to 112,100 adults moving. However this is a decrease of 10,600 from 12 months ago and we need to all keep working together to support active lives for all in Rochdale

Learn more about Rochdale adults activity levels related to key demographic data such as gender, age and disability here.

Active Lives data (academic year 2019-20) also shows that *63.4% of children and young people in Greater Manchester are moving, achieving at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. In Rochdale 58.7% children and young people are moving 30 mins + per day.

Find more information about children and young people’s physical activity levels in Rochdale here.

*Borough Level Data: Please note that this data should be interpreted with caution, Covid-19 had a significant impact on data collection and the caveats for the data can be found here.

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