New research from Play England’s Street Play project has identified increases in children’s moderate to vigorous physical activity when they played out.

The University of Bristol’s evaluation of Play England’s Street Play project used accelerometers and GPS to track children while they played. It identified increases in children’s moderate to vigorous physical activity.

The data collected and analysed in ‘Why temporary street closures for play make sense for public health’ shows that outdoor, active play was more likely to replace sedentary and screen-based activities, than physical activities. Increased community cohesion was also identified through an in depth study of parents’ views.

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The second report, ‘Street play initiatives in disadvantaged areas: experiences and emerging issues’, was written by researcher and author Tim Gill in response to concerns about the decline in children’s opportunities for outdoor play.

Based on interviews with people involved in schemes across five local authorities,  this report highlights a range of factors that influence the likelihood of success of street play initiatives in disadvantaged areas, such as the need to streamline local authority application procedures and remove cost barriers, as well as noting the importance of local sources of practical support working alongside local authorities.

It recommends adapting the street play model for housing estates as well as supporting where children spontaneously play already in neighbourhood streets.

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