Welcome to the Local Sport Profile tool

The Local Sport Profile provides local authorities (and other local organisations) with a profile of up-to-date data for their local area, covering sports participation, facilities, health, economic and demographics, all in one place.

It is a vital tool for local authorities and other partners working in community sport, which can be used to inform strategic planning and development of sporting opportunities and demonstrate the value of sport to other sectors. The tool also presents benchmarking opportunities by providing useful regional, national and 'nearest neighbour' comparators.

The data is taken from a variety of sources including Sport England's Active People Survey and Active Places, the Department of Health and the Office of National Statistics (refer to Data Guidance section for further details). This tool was last updated in February 2017. Please note that where Active People Survey (APS) data refers to 2015/16 data, this covers the period October 2015 to September 2016 (Active People Survey 10).

Data is arranged by 'theme'. The themes include Demographics (population data), Health, Participation, Sporting Facilities and Economy. Within these themes there are different 'indicators' (or measures) which can be selected.

The Local Sport Profile tool provides a wide range of data for your local area, including Sport England's Active People Survey data. If you would like to interrogate the Active People Survey data further, please visit Active People Interactive, which enables users to analyse Active People data in detail.

Following consultation with users, in 2015 Sport England developed the Local Sport Profile tool into a web-based tool. We are keen to gather opinions from users about how the new tool has been received.
Please tell us what you think by taking part in a short survey - your responses will help us to improve the tool and are highly valued.
Click on the link below to take part.

Complete the survey


View a full Local Sport Profile report (which includes all the data available) for any Local Authority or Local Enterprise Partnership. In this section users can also tailor the Local Sport Profile to include just the themes and indicators needed, by selecting those required.


Undertake comparative analysis across multiple Local Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships. A maximum of ten comparators can be selected, along with national and regional comparisons. CIPFA 'nearest neighbour' comparisons can also be generated.

Data Guidance

Browse guidance notes for the data sources included within the Local Sport Profile tool.

Data Sources

View a list of the data sources included within the Local Sport Profile tool.


This section provides general help and guidance including answers to frequently asked questions.

For any general questions relating to the tool please contact research@sportengland.org