We are not the first to help more young people to be more active. And we are not alone.  We have learnt from what has gone before, and we are expert partners to other providers of statutory and voluntary services.  Our specialism is Doorstep Sport in disadvantaged communities.[1]

The data and research highlights need and opportunities:

  • People in the lowest socio-economic quintile are half as likely to participate at any level in sport. Yet demand is higher than amongst any other group. This indicates a problem on the supply side[2]
  • Inequalities in health arise as a result of inequalities in society; they are unfair, preventable and we all have a duty to do something about them[3]
  • Much is known about effective ways to increase activity amongst young people[4],[5]. Our own research and evaluation is continually developing the evidence base
  • Increasing physical activity has a demonstrable impact on lives and communities[6]
  • The legacy of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and the creation of the Department of Health’s flagship public health initiative, the Public Health Responsibility Deal, have brought about an unprecedented focus and a period of collective action on physical activity
  • The potential savings from even a modest increase in physical activity have given it the accolade of the ‘best buy in public health’[7]
Young peoples health partnership

StreetGames is one of seven national charities who are championing young people’s health.  The Partnership

  • Ensures young people’s voices are heard by health policy makers
  • Supports voluntary sector health services for young people
  • Produces data and briefings

[1] Our definition of a disadvantaged community is one that lies within the 20% most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation, or one that is affected by particularly high levels of crime, poor health, or isolation

[2] Sport England (2010) Active People Survey

[3] Marmot Review (2010) Fair Society, Healthy Lives

[4] NICE (2009) PH 17 Promoting physical activity, active play and sport for young people

[5] GAPA/ISPAH (2011) NCD Prevention: Investments that Work for Physical Activity

[6] StreetGames (2011) Empowering & Improving Neighbourhoods

[7] Morris JN. The role of exercise in the prevention of coronary heart disease: today's best buy in public health. Med Sci Sports Exerc1994;26:807–13

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