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.

Starting as a grassroots campaign, we now count 100+ OpenActive member organisations from across the sport and physical activity sector. Software providers, local government, startups, individual instructors – organisations of all types and sizes are working together to drive OpenActive’s vision forward. We’re stewarded by the Open Data Institute and ukactive, and supported by Sport England.

Our vision

OpenActive community members

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

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Stewarding OpenActive

The Open Data Institute (ODI) and ukactive steward the initiative, and receive National Lottery funding through Sport England to do so. The ODI and ukactive are responsible for driving engagement, building data literacy, developing open data standards with the community, and leading on OpenActive events and communications.

The goal for OpenActive is to become a self-sustaining initiative, and be embedded across the sector. The ODI and ukactive aim to provide the knowledge, tools and foundation for this to happen. All resources, documentation and materials are created with community-led sustainability and maintenance in mind.

Representatives from the ODI, ukactive and Sport England form the Steering Group, which sets and delivers against the OpenActive strategy.

OpenActive is guided by the sector

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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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.

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OpenActive data standards

These standards to make it easier to publish, find and use data about sport and physical activity. The W3C community group works together to shape and agree the standards.

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