The Northern Ireland Sport and Physical Activity Survey 2010 (SAPAS)
The Northern Ireland Adult Sport and Physical Activity Survey (SAPAS), for the first time, provides us with a complete picture of adult participation in sport and physical activity across Northern Ireland.
By working in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA), the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (Northern Ireland), the most comprehensive survey on sport and physical activity has been developed to assess adult (aged 16 years and over) physical activity levels in Northern Ireland across four life domains:
• Active travel (‘Getting About’); and
• Sport and recreation.
This report primarily focuses on the contribution of sport and physical recreation towards meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) recommendations on the required level of physical activity to maintain good general health, i.e. a total of at least 30 minutes a day of at least moderate intensity physical activity on five or more days of the week.
The report also covers a wide range of other aspects related to sport and health such as: sport participation; club membership; coaching; volunteering; attitudes to sport; spectating; smoking behaviour; alcohol consumption; and self-reported BMI, in order to reliably enhance our understanding of sport and physical activity patterns and determinants across the population.
Sport Matters: The Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation 2009-19 (hereafter ‘Sport Matters’) includes a series of high level targets associated with ‘driving up’ participation levels of certain groups of people in sport and physical recreation - most notably women, people from areas of high social need, and people with a disability. Sport Matters also acknowledges the need for:
• A robust monitoring and evaluation framework to provide the evidence base that will identify baselines and track progress towards the longer-term vision of the strategy;
• A coordinated approach to research in sport and physical recreation so that the government of Northern Ireland and the wider community have access to robust and reliable information; and
• Consistent approaches to data collection, analysis and evaluation.
The SAPAS findings provide a platform from which to develop and implement specific policies and programmes aimed at increasing levels of participation amongst those most underrepresented in sport and physical recreation - specifically in monitoring the implementation of Sport Matters. In addition, SAPAS can be applied across a range of sectors and will be used as a surveillance tool to monitor the progress of the Framework for Preventing and Addressing Overweight and Obesity in Northern Ireland - ‘A Fitter Future for All: An Obesity Prevention Framework for Northern Ireland 2011-2021’.
The availability of these research results will be used to assist our stakeholders in planning for sport and physical recreation to maximise ways of attracting and retaining participants of different ages and different socio-economic backgrounds.
Download: The Northern Ireland Sport and Physical Survey (PDF)
Area Specific Fact sheets
Click the below links to download area specific fact sheets.
Download: Belfast (PDF)
Download: Causeway Coast and Glenns (PDF)
Download: Derry and Strabane (PDF)
Download: Fermanagh Omagh (PDF)
Download: Lisburn Castlereagh (PDF)
Download: Mid and East Antrim (PDF)
Download: Mid Ulster (PDF)
Download: Newry Mourne and Down (PDF)
Download: North Down and Ards(PDF)
Download: Antrim Newtownabbey (PDF)
Download: Armagh Banbridge Craigavon (PDF)
Additional Fact sheets
Click the below links to download additional fact sheets.
Download: Disabled People Fact Sheet (PDF)
Download: Older People Fact Sheet (PDF)
Download: Women Fact Sheet (PDF)