Research and Information Services

Large Sample Surveys

Children’s Sports and Physical Activity Participation Survey

The Council has commissioned, on a biennial basis, large scale surveys of primary school pupils’ involvement in sport since 1991. The purpose of this study is to examine children’s (aged 7-11) levels of participation in sport and physical recreation in Wales, both inside and outside of school. It examines activities undertaken in PE during curricular time and sport as part of extracurricular activity. In the community it aims to discover the part played by sport in the pattern of children’s leisure activities.

Young People’s Sports and Physical Activity Participation Survey

Similarly, the Council has commissioned, on a biennial basis, large scale surveys of secondary school pupils’ involvement in sport since 1991. The purpose of this study is to examine young people’s (aged 11-16) levels of participation in sport and physical recreation in Wales, both inside and outside of school. It examines activities undertaken in PE during curricular time and sport as part of extracurricular activity. In the community it aims to discover the part played by sport in the pattern of children’s leisure activities.

The current research also involves a series of 6 case studies. These will explore qualitatively issues of (non)participation in sport and physical activity.

Adult’s Sports and Physical Activity Participation Survey

Since 1987, Sports Council for Wales has collected data on participation levels in sport and leisure in Wales. This data is collected biennially and has formed a base from which to develop and inform policy and programme development. The purpose of this survey has been to monitor and evaluate participation in sport, and more recently assessing the level of physical activity of people in Wales.

Initially participation data was collected through the Welsh Omnibus Survey run by Beaufort Research among a representative sample of Welsh adults 15+. This allowed analysis of four regions of Wales defined by SCW as Rural Heartland, Rural North, Metropolitan Wales, and The Valleys. In response to the need for data at a local authority level, the survey was revised for the 1998/99 survey onwards. The main change was an increase in sample size, while maintaining the quota sample methodology, to allow robust analysis for each local authority.

PE Provision Survey – Primary Schools

The aim of this survey is to gather information on the resources and provision made available for curricular PE, curriculum activities on offer, availability and perceived quality of school sports facilities, and the resources and delivery of extra-curricular PE provision.

PE Provision in Welsh Schools 2006-07

PE Provision Survey – Secondary Schools

The aim of this survey is to gather information on the resources and provision made available for curricular PE, curriculum activities on offer, availability and perceived quality of school sports facilities, and the resources and delivery of extra-curricular PE provision.

PE Provision in Welsh Schools 2006-07


PE and School Sport CPD Survey

For the past two years R&E has facilitated the survey of teachers involved in the Assembly’s PE and School Sport programme to assess their professional development requirements and measure the progress made by the programme in addressing the issues raised in terms of teachers’ training needs. The survey runs annually. An overall report is produced and findings presented to the National Implementation Team. Individual summary reports are then produced for each of the 22 local authorities; measuring their training needs and progress made against the Wales average and in comparison with previous years’ findings.