Research by the Department of Health has shown that people living in disadvantaged communities do not do enough physical activity to keep themselves healthy.
StreetGames projects provide an effective means of improving health and wellbeing. They also tackle health inequalities within disadvantaged areas by encouraging more young people to get involved in sport and physical activity and, crucially, by keeping them coming back.
Community cohesion, as defined by the Commission on Integration and Cohesion (CIC) 2007, “is about working towards a society in which there is a common vision and a sense of belonging by all communities.”
This paper looks at why community cohesion is so important, the role that sport can play in achieving it and provides information and guidance for community and doorstep sport delivery staff.
StreetGames case study
The brochure tells the story of how the disused Lilian Baylis Old School was re-opened to become the hub of a south London estate as multi-sport community centre. It includes details on how it was achieved by StreetGames and the local Sports Action Zone, and highlights the endorsements that Lilian Baylis has received from basketball legend, Michael Jordan, and Olympic 100m gold-medallist, Linford Christie.