Results from England’s 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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The Active Healthy Kids 2014 England Report Card aims to provide a systematic assessment of how England is performing in relation to engaging and facilitating physical activity (PA) in children and young people.


The systematic methods and processes that underpin the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card were used and adapted. Data and evidence were consolidated, reviewed by a panel of content experts, and used to inform the assignment of letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) to 9 core indicators related to PA.


Children’s Overall Physical Activity received a grade of C/D. Active Transportation and Organized Sport Participation received grades of C and C-, respectively. The indicators of School and Community and the Built Environment were graded favorable with grades of A- and B, respectively. Active Play, Sedentary Behaviors, Family and Peers, and Government Strategies and Investments were graded as INC (incomplete) due to a lack of nationally representative data and/or as a result of data not mapping onto the benchmarks used to assign the grades.


Substantial provision for PA opportunities in England exists. Yet more effort is required to maximize use of these resources to increase PA participation.

Standage (corresponding author:, Wilkie, and Cumming are with the Dept for Health, University of Bath. Jago is with the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition, and Health Sciences, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. Foster is with the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group, Dept of Public Health, University of Oxford. Goad is with the School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences, Loughborough University.