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Annual Disability and Activity Survey 2020-21

Activity Alliance’s Annual Disability and Activity Survey was launched in 2019 to provide a greater understanding about disabled people’s attitudes towards and involvement in sport and physical activity. In its second year, the survey played a crucial role in uncovering the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on disabled people’s motivations and ability to be active.

Activity Alliance’s Annual Survey complements Sport England’s Active Lives Adult Survey. It provides greater detail on issues of importance to disabled people in sport and activity.

Evidence from 2020-21 survey shows disabled people’s lives have been the hardest hit by COVID-19. Insight shows how the pandemic has not only widened existing inequalities for disabled people but created new ones too.

Key findings:

  • Twice as many disabled people felt that coronavirus greatly reduced their ability to do sport or physical activity compared to non-disabled people (27% vs 13%).
  • The pandemic has made disabled people feel that they do not have the opportunity to be as active as they want to, compared to non-disabled people (29% vs 44%).
  • Respondents said the lack of activity has led to both their physical and mental health being harder to manage. Feelings of loneliness and social isolation were frequently voiced.
  • A fear of contracting the virus (35% vs 13%), the impact on their health (31% vs 13%), a lack of space (23% vs 18%) and support to be able to exercise safely at home (16% vs 5%), have become significant barriers for disabled people, compared to non-disabled people.
  • Almost a quarter of disabled people stated that they had not received enough information about how to be active during the pandemic (23% vs 13%).

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Video presentation

Recorded presentation of Annual Survey 2020-21 key findings delivered by Jessica Flavell, Activity Alliance Research and Evaluation Advisor. Video duration is 13 minutes. 

Video presentation of the key findings with captions

Alternative communication formats

Activity Alliance wants to reach the widest audience possible. Here, you will find the Annual Survey 2020-21 key findings in easy read format and a British Sign Language video. 

Annual Survey 2020-21 summary in easy read format (PDF)

BSL translation video of Annual Survey 2020-21 key findings

If you require further support to access the Annual Disability and Activity Survey reports, please email or call 01509 227750.  

Revisit Annual Survey 2019-20 here:

Annual Disability and Activity Survey 2019-20 (opens in new window)