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Streetgames

LSE Housing and Communities carried out area-based qualitative research for StreetGames, the leading charity working to break down the barriers created by poverty and area disadvantage that prevent young people participating in sport. They asked us to help them better understand why high poverty areas suffer such major disadvantages and throw up so many barriers in the field of "active learning" and whether informal sport and physical activity could actually help.

We visited five deprived areas in England and Wales and spoke to about 135 young people between the ages of 14-25, local parents and key actors in order to uncover what young people do, what they think of their area, why they play sport or donít, and what the barriers to involvement are. We know that sport and physical activity help young people develop confidence and motivation, social and team skills, and also motivates them to strive and succeed. The health impacts of lack of exercise are already serious and projected to become more so in the future.

This relevant and timely research offered a unique insight into the lives of young people in deprived areas, the barriers they face to participation, ways in which communities and charities can support the work already done in poor areas, and new ways of opening access to sport for young people.



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