When we provide online services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable.
Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer, tablet or smartphone. These include small files known as cookies.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that's downloaded onto ‘terminal equipment’ (e.g. a computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website.
It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions.
Types of Cookies
We use two types of cookies:
Cookies that are strictly necessary ("necessary cookies")
These essential cookies do things like store your cookie preferences and ensure your visit to the website is served by a single server. These cookies enable core functionality of our website and cannot be disabled.
Cookie Name Expiry Purpose ARRAAffinitySameSite Session Used to load balance servers by having all requests in a session go to the same server instance ARRAAffinity Session Used to load balance servers by having all requests in a session go to the same server instance CookieControl Three months Stores the user's cookie consent state for the current sub-domain
Cookies that measure website use ("usage cookies")
We use Google Analytics to measure how you use the website so we can improve it based on user needs. We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how you use this site.
Google Analytics sets cookies that store anonymised information about; how you got to the site, the pages you visit on the site, how long you spend on each page or what you click on while you're visiting the site.
Cookie Name Expiry Purpose _ga One year Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website _ga_# One year Persists session state. _gat One day Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate _ga_gat_# One day Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate _dc_gtm_# One day Same as the _gat cookie but named differently if Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager. _gid One day Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website
How to control and delete cookies
Please be aware that restricting cookies may have a significant impact upon the functionality of our website and our ability to ensure that the content which we're making available via activepeople.sportengland.org is relevant to what our users want to see and use.
You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the ‘C’ icon at the bottom right hand corner of these pages. You can then adjust the available sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’, then clicking ‘Save and close’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.