Following the latest (November 18-19) Sport England Active Lives data, released in April, we have now received and analysed the data at both a Greater Manchester (GM) and borough level to understand the key differences that exist between different demographics.
Since the survey launched in November 15-16, the active population (those who do 150+ minutes of physical activity a week), has increased by 2.6%, this is more than double the national increase of 1.2%. As a whole 73.8% of adults in GM are moving (active and fairly active), however, this level varies significantly across the 10 boroughs of GM; there is a 9.7% activity gap between Bury and Oldham, the boroughs with the highest and lowest physical activity levels.
It is particularly promising to see the progress being made in tackling inequalities across the city region. There are reductions in the gender (-0.6%), disability (-1.3%), socio-economic (-3.1%) and age (-8.2%) gaps with the two latter activity gaps now being smaller than the national figures.
These are promising steps forwards in reducing the inequalities in physical activity levels across GM, however, there is still more to be done; the gender and disability gaps both remain larger than the national figures and are closing at a slower rate. This is particularly pronounced with the disability gap, which is decreasing over two times faster nationally than it is in GM.
At a borough level, the majority of boroughs are also showing reduced activity gaps;
*Some areas did not have enough responses for certain demographics at either baseline or in the latest release, this means that the inactivity gap change over this time period can't be calculated.
The latest Active Lives Children and Young People data shows the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children's activity levels with a 5.6% decrease in children that are active from 12 months ago
How Rayner Stephens’s Academy has adapted their physical activity provision to work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic
A refresh of GM Moving is planned for 2021. We need to refresh, refocus, re-energise and adapt our collective approach in the context of the pandemic, inequalities and for the long term future.