Mental health is currently one of the most important issues among children and young people. Recognising the role of community sport in safeguarding and supporting children and young people, the #21by21 campaign was launched by a coalition and eleven partners, representing sport, mental health, local government and higher education. The aim of the #21by21 campaign was to bring together sports organisations, businesses, and policy-makers to provide 21,000 community sport coaches and volunteers with mental health training by 2021.

With the school holidays being recognised as a high-risk time for children to experience food insecurity, there is a growing prevalence of school holiday initiatives that include free food. However, information is lacking into what constitutes eective practice in their delivery, and how this can be evaluated. This paper provides insight from individuals who implemented a pilot of a national project which provided free food for children at UK community summer holiday sports clubs in 2016.

During April and May 2020, some 270 community organisations that are based in the most deprived areas of England and Wales, and 188 young people who live in those neighbourhoods, shared their experiences, worries and opinions about life during and after the Covid lockdown. These community organizations are trusted in their neighbourhoods and work with StreetGames to support young disadvantaged people to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle. StreetGames calls them ‘Locally Trusted Organisations’ (LTOs).

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