Adventure into Sport is a new Play England project which uses play as a springboard into sport and active lifestyles for children and their parents. The project is funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.
At the moment, too many children are leading inactive lives. According to Public Health England, in 2014/15 a third of 10- to 11-year olds and over a fifth of four to five-year olds were overweight or obese.
Many children are growing up in over-crowded housing without access to quality play and sports opportunities outside school.
Play England is working with project partners Eccleshill Adventure Playground in Ravenscliffe, Bradford and Play Association Tower Hamlets with Mudchute Farm on the Isle of Dogs as well as regional sports providers, London Sport and Yorkshire Sport.
Adventure into Sport offers free after-school and summer holiday play opportunities to help hard-to-reach children and their families develop a positive and sustained relationship with sport and physical activity.
Both Bradford and Tower Hamlets have high levels of social deprivation. In Ravenscliffe, 44% of children are growing up in poverty. 89.2% of children in Eccleshill are in the bottom 20% of the Child Wellbeing index. In the Isle of Dogs, prevalence of childhood obesity in Year 6 children (children aged 10-11) is 27.1%, well above the national average of 19.1%. At 44%, Tower Hamlets also has the highest proportion of children growing up in poverty of any local authority area in the UK.
The Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development & Learning (PEDAL), the University of Cambridge is evaluating the impact of the project.
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