Sport England has published the latest data from the Active Lives Survey, providing a comprehensive snapshot of the nation’s sport and physical activity habits, based on a cross- section of almost 185,000 respondents.
The study showed that in the 12 months to May 2018 over 300,000 were doing 150 minutes of activity each week. Inactivity levels also dropped – 116,000 fewer people did less than 30 minutes of exercise a week. The Chief Operating Officer at Sport England explained: “It’s also very clear that the activity habits of the nation are changing, with people finding the activities that suit them and their lives. The new patterns highlight the importance of Sport England’s partnership with bodies like the National Trust, the RSPB and the Forestry Commission to support more activity outdoors.
“We know that sport and physical activity can have a profound impact of physical and mental wellbeing, individual skills and confidence as well as building social capital and growing the economy.”
BASC has long contended that shooting is an important way of getting people active who otherwise would not be. BASC’s manifesto on the personal value of shooting says: “Shooting can help to get more adults active through sport and physical activity, reduce social isolation and promote personal wellbeing while encouraging people to engage with the natural environment.”