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.

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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.

YouTube StreetGames project profile - Wigan

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StreetGames project YouTube profile

The StreetGames project in Wigan offers a number of sports to young people aged between eight and 21 years of age in nearby communities. The project tackles the blight of anti-social behaviour by working in partnership with local youth services and Greater Manchester Police to help break down barriers. This allows the organisations to engage and interact with the young people. 

Doorstep sport – Changing lives, changing communities

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StreetGames briefing paper 

This paper sets out the rationale for our work, given the disparities in sports participation which exist between the highest and lowest socio-economic groups. It also provides an overview of our work and includes some case study examples.

It was presented at the WHO European Healthy Cities Networks Annual Business and Technical Conference, Liège, Belgium on the 15th – 18th June 2011.

Community cohesion and sport – Information and guidance for delivery staff

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StreetGames research

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.

Changing sport, changing lives, changing communities - Using sport as a mechanism for tackling anti-social behaviour

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StreetGames research

We have analysed the work we do in community sport to change sport, change communities and change lives. In this paper we give examples of how we’re helping to create safer communities in areas of high crime, increasing volunteering and social action, and improving health and well-being for young people in disadvantaged communities.

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