BARNSLEY kids are more active now than they were before the pandemic, new figures have revealed.

Figures from Sport England’s annual survey in schools reveals 50 per cent of children in Barnsley were classed as active - defined as doing an hour or more of activity per day - in the 2021/22 academic year.

It was up from 37 per cent in the pre-pandemic 2017/18 academic year.

Of the 339 children who responded to last year’s survey, 20 per cent were classed as fairly active meaning they did between 30 minutes to an hour of activity per day - while 30 per cent did less than half an hour.

The survey also show 49 per cent of children surveyed in Barnsley had volunteered to support sports and activities.

This includes being a sports leader, coaching, stewarding and refereeing.