OpenActive is a community-led initiative to help people in England get active using open data.

Research from Sport England shows that one fifth of adults have been put off doing a physical activity because it was too difficult to find or book online.

OpenActive is run by a community of volunteers from across the physical activity sector, and is backed by grant funding from Sport England and DCMS. The ODI are key partners to the initiative, and host OpenActive. 

The initiative has a simple governance structure – a steering committee who sets the direction for the initiative, practitioners forums to provide a home for the people involved in the practical work around OpenActive, an executive function to oversee delivery, and a W3C standards working group who maintain the data standards that OpenActive relies on for its technical operation.


The executive role is shared between the organisations involved in the practical delivery of OpenActive. 

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the board of OpenActive, taking a long-term and broad view in order to set and carry out the strategy of the initiative. Members are drawn from a range of organisations across the sector, each bringing their own particular expertise, to ensure that the initiative makes balanced decisions. The Steering Committee welcomes input, and considers advice received at each meeting.

View the Steering Committee

Adoption and Engagement Forum

The Adoption and Engagement Forum brings together everyone involved in advocating for OpenActive, and provides a space for sharing of progress, looking for opportunities to collaborate, and discussing the potential for OpenActive suppliers to bid for work. The Forum is open to anyone to join, and provides the Steering Committee with insights into the state of this work.

Past meeting recordings Meeting slides and agendas

Implementation Forum

The Implementation Forum is a home for everyone involved in implementing OpenActive Рin publishing and booking systems, and in other applications. People come for practical advice, to discuss challenges, and to offer feedback about the standard. The Forum is open to anyone to join, and provides the Steering Committee with insights into the opportunities and challenges in the technical areas of the initiative’s work.

Minutes and slides from the Implementation Forum will be added soon.

Join the Implementation Forum

Shaping the OpenActive standards

Activity List Committee

The OpenActive Activity List is a standardised list of physical activities. The Activity List Committee ensures that it stays up-to-date, and meets the needs of the sector and consumers.

View the AL Committee

The W3C Community

Where the OpenActive standards are built and maintained. It brings together the widest range of stakeholders to ensure that the standards are fit for both immediate and future use cases.

Join the W3C Community

Previous OpenActive community forums (archive)

Sustainability Working Group

The Sustainability Working Group focuses on the work needed to ensure OpenActive’s sustainability beyond June 2021. It provides recommendations for the future model and direction of the initiative.

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OpenActive Champions

Our Champions programme recognises and supports members of the community dedicated to championing OpenActive. It offers training and peer-to-peer learning focused on how to advocate for OpenActive.

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OpenActive community members

Our open-invitation community is made up of organisations from across the sector.

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