Sign up to receive regular updates about children’s play and playwork

Communication Preferences

Please state how you would prefer to be contacted.
To view our privacy policy, click here.

Back to News

Physical activity patterns in children


The British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) for Physical Activity and Health has published new fact sheets that provide current statistics on the physical activity behaviours of children in Wales and Scotland. They include all the latest facts and figures from national surveys in Scotland and Wales to provide a picture of how active children are.

In Wales, the Health Behaviors in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey found that 44 per cent of children aged 11-16 were active for at least an hour on at least five days a week.

The Welsh Travel Survey found that in 2008/2009 36 per cent of 5-16 year olds walked to school. This compares to 43 per cent of children of the same age group in 2006/2007.

The HBSC survey also found that 69% per cent of children watched at least two hours of television per day during the school week.

Similar fact sheets with information on England and Northern Ireland will follow shortly.

More information