From leisure centres and grass pitches to tennis courts and bowling greens, having a variety of sports facilities in your area makes it easier to keep active, try out new sports and meet people to keep fit with.
But per population, which towns and cities have the most listed sports facilities? With 460 facilities per 100,000 people, Manchester ranks top by a long shot, with Nottingham trailing behind in 2nd place with 270 and Cambridge ranking 3rd with 181.
On the flip side, some areas leave locals with limited options. With 17 and 19 listed facilities per 100,000 residents respectively, Salford and Bournemouth give residents little choice, with Dudley, Northampton, and Basildon all performing equally poorly with a score of 23.
Using the tool, users can also compare how sports facilities and spending compares to local physical activity and well-being rates. Winchester, which has seen the biggest increase in sports expenditure, also has the highest physical activity rate in the study, at 76.4%. Oxford, Cambridge, and Exeter, which report the next highest physical activity rates, all scored in the top 10 when taking into account both sports expenditure and access to facilities.
But regardless of where your local town or city ranks, we hope this tool encourages residents, local sports businesses, and councillors to get out there and make the most of what’s on offer or be inspired to make a change and advocate for a more active lifestyle in your local community.