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Hugely successful StreetGames programme opens doors for disadvantaged youth

We shine the spotlight on the pioneering Doorstep Sport Club Programme. StreetGames Strategic Lead James Gregory tells us how the charity has attracted more than 102,000 14-25 year olds into sport by supporting a network of community organisations to provide informal sports and physical activity opportunities delivered ‘at the right time, in the right place, in the right style, at the right price, by the right leader’. …

The importance of exposing children to physical activity in the first ten years

The first ten years is a defining decade in life – a critical development period when behaviours and values are most easily learned and established. Professor Richard Bailey advocates why positive exposure to physical activity and sport during the early years increases the likelihood of staying active through life and provides a blueprint for nurturing the next generation and maximising childhood potential….

A striking partnership that is breaking down barriers through football

Leicestershire Police Force, Leicester City FC and the Premier League have formed a strategic partnership that uses football to unite, educate and engage young people living in the most deprived areas of the city. In this blog we examine the delivery methods of Leicester City FC Community Trust and the youth engagement strategies the Police are using to reduce crime and increase community cohesion….

Mums’ Team participation programme hits the right note

Valuable lessons can be learnt from community intervention projects past and present. We run the rule over the successful Yorkshire Sport Foundation Mums’ Team initiative to emphasise the importance of collaboration between industry professionals as they endeavour to create a more active nation and a broader coaching workforce….

Still a little green but footgolf has come a fair way in no time

FootGolf is gaining traction as a popular alternative to some of the country’s more dominant traditional sports. We spoke to UK FootGolf Association Head of UK Development, Gareth May, to find out more about this new leisure activity, which is helping to reduce inactivity levels by getting people off their sofas and into the great outdoors….

Birmingham’s blueprint for behaviour change

Eighty per cent of Birmingham’s 1.1 million residents are inactive. Head of Wellbeing at Birmingham City Council Karen Creavin discusses the initiatives that are helping to break down the multiple barriers to physical activity in England’s second city….

A nation full of the joys of spring thanks to new craze

A new craze is sweeping the nation, which is having a positive impact on people’s exercise habits and is helping strike a blow against public enemy number one: sedentary behaviour and obesity. Giant indoor trampoline parks are springing up all over the country and children – and adults too – are jumping at the chance to get active.

Evolution of the modern children’s coach

Coaches shoulder a huge responsibility by endeavouring to help children develop both as well-rounded individuals and proficient athletes. Cutting edge coach education is vital to the success of that process. Which is why UK Coaching has developed a new ‘Coaching Children 5–12: The Next Generation’ workshop, which provides modern children’s coaches with all the information they need to make the sporting experience fun and fulfilling for themselves and their participants.

Having a great old time: Over-55s dance their way to health and happiness

Yorkshire Dance has taken all the correct steps to ensure older people in the region develop healthier habits. ‘Strictly fun dancing’ would be one way to describe its intervention programmes, which are aimed at providing dancing activity for older adults who have limited access to dance. The sessions earn perfect 10s across the board from those who participate….

Behaviour change: Making headway the Redway way

A case study featuring Redway Runners, from Milton Keynes, who are utilising the EAST behaviour change framework to motivate and inspire their beginner running groups. As we are reminded daily, we have turned into a nation of slackers and lazy bums. A corrosive social (or should that be slothful?) revolution…

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