Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How often will the local sport profile tool be updated?
A. The tool will be updated twice a year. It is planned these updates will take place shortly after Sport England's Active People Survey releases. Sport England release Active People data In December and June each year so we plan that the local sport profile will be updated in February and August each year.
Q. What other tools are available via Sport England?
A. In addition to the Local Sport Profile tool, Sport England has a number of other tools to help those delivering and working in community sport. Further information can be found here.
The Local Sport Profile tool includes data from a wide variety of sources, including Sport England's Active People Survey. If you would like to interrogate Active People Survey data further, please visit Active People Interactive, which enables users to analyse Active People data in detail. The tool is quick and easy to use, and data can be analysed by geography, time period, demographics, and individual sport.
Q. How can I find out confidence intervals or statistical significance?
A. The tool does not provide these, but if this is something you require, Sport England can assist with this. Contact
Q. Where can I find data on the most popular sports in my area?
A. You can view data on the top sports in your area within the 'Participation' section of the Profile.
Q. Why can I only add ten comparators to the list when in the 'Comparators' section
A. For practical and presentational purposes it was decided ten comparators should be the maximum users can select. If this was larger, the charts/tables on the tool would be difficult to present with such a large number of comparators. If you require more than ten, this can be done by running the analysis twice and pasting the data together.
Q. I have a general question about the tool and the data, who should I contact?
A. Please contact for any queries on the tool.
Q. I have some ideas and feedback about the tool, how can I provide these to Sport England?
A. We are keen to hear your views and ideas on the local sport profile - please get in touch with
Q. I don't seem able to paste tables or charts copied from the local sport profile into other documents, e.g. Word or Excel. Why is this?
A. This is most likely due to security settings in either your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer) or Microsoft Office preventing you copying Internet content other than from trusted web sites. You should be able to resolve this issue by adding the domain to your list of trusted websites, e.g. see Changing Internet Explorer security settings for instructions on how to do this for Internet Explorer (or consult the user documentation for your particular browser). Depending on the security policies of your organisation, you may need to enlist the help of your IT department.
Q. How do I save a version of my profile to my computer?
A. There are multiple ways to save web pages:

  • Print to PDF: This function requires a PDF print driver to be installed on your computer or network. Click on the 'Print Profile' icon located at the top of your loaded profile and select the installed PDF print driver.
  • Print to XPS/OXPS: This option is available as standard on Windows computers and produces a Microsoft portable document format that can be freely shared, viewed on screen, and printed using the 'XPS Viewer' included as standard with Windows. Click on the 'Print Profile' icon located at the top of your loaded profile and select the Microsoft XPS Document Writer.
  • File > Save As: This standard browser function saves a complete version of the web page that can be viewed in a web browser even when not connected to the internet.
Q. Where can I find a list of local authorities for which data is available?
A. A list of all local authorities is provided which gives details of the region for each local authority and authority type (unitary, district , county)
Q. Where can I find a list of which areas make up a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)?
A. A list of all LEPs is provided which gives details of the region for each LEP and by clicking on the LEP name, a list of associated local authorities.
Q. Where can I find a list of regions and their associated local authorities for which data is available?
A. A list of regions is provided. Clicking on a region provides a list of local authorities within the specified region.