Assess and provide evidence for effective interventions to reduce inactivity (undertaking under 30 minutes of exercise per week for the adult population, 16+), and increase physical activity (defined as +150 minutes per week for the adult population), considering underrepresented groups and demographics, as well as the cost benefit analysis.


The Sport and Gambling directorate wants to develop and expand its existing evidence base to drive better regulation and cost-effective intervention across its sectors to achieve public health, economic and social benefits for the UK population.The Sport Team wants to rigorously assess how best to tackle inactivity and maximise the positive impacts of sport for the whole nation. As part of this, they are interested in gathering evidence on the impact of sport and sport interventions on Pride in Place in communities and the role of sport in supporting the delivery of the Levelling Up agenda. Research into this field would support the government’s agenda to tackle regional and local inequalities across the UK.The UK has recently staged some of the world’s largest global sporting events, from the London 2012 Olympic Games to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Whilst evidence on the short-term value of hosting major events is readily available, there is currently limited evidence on the longer-term benefits of hosting major events. We want to generate evidence to assess both the economic and social legacy of large scale major sports events.

Next steps

Get in touch with


This question was published as part of the set of ARIs in this document:

DCMS areas of research interest GOV UK

Related UKRI funded projects