Health and Wellbeing

Supporting young people living in underserved communities to lead healthier, happier lives

Playing sport and being physically active has many benefits for our physical and mental health. People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of many major illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Being physically active can also improve mood, reduce stress and decrease the chance of depression and anxiety.

For many young people growing up in low-income, underserved communities, however, opportunities to play sport and access its life-changing benefits are either limited or non-existent.


of children and young people from ‘low affluence’ families are classed as active – compared to 50% from ‘high affluence’ families.

16.5 years

Those living in the least deprived areas of the UK will, on average, live in ‘good’ health for 16.5 more years than those living in the most deprived areas.


of 10-11 year-olds in the most deprived areas are obese – compared to 13.9% in the least deprived areas.

We believe that access to sport and its benefits is a right and not a privilege. Through our core Doorstep Sport approach and innovative, sector-leading programmes, we are breaking down traditional barriers to accessing physical activity and supporting young people living in underserved communities to lead healthier, happier lives.

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