Active Adults Survey

Active Adults logoSport Wales' latest Active Adults survey shows the potential to get more adults hooked on sport and volunteering while figures of those already hooked buck the trend seen across the UK.

The number of adults hooked on sport - participating three times a week or more - in Wales is up (41%) according to the official Active Adults Survey. 

After speaking to more than 8,000 people in Wales aged 15 and over, the latest results show an increase since 2012 (39%), building on the rise in Welsh sport particiaption seen since 2008 (29%) and sustaining participation since the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.  

What is the Active Adults Survey?

The Active Adults Survey is a large scale survey of the adult population in Wales.  Adults (defined as aged 15 and above) living in private households in Wales were eligible to take part in the survey. The survey is done face to face, with an interviewer visiting the person at their home.  Households are selected at random, and the interviewer randomly selects someone from the household to take part in the survey, when they visit. 

The Sports Council for Wales has commissioned large-scale population-based surveys of adult participation in sport in Wales since 1987.  This provides the basis from which to strategically monitor and track trends in sport in Wales, as well as forming a base from which to shape policy and practice.

You can view the full data tables on our Statistics pages along with copies of our reports on the data.


We have produced a range of infographics to communicate the findings of the survey: