Parks are vital hubs for physical activity and deserve protection, say play industries

04 Oct 2016

Parks provide a public service as hubs for physical activity for people of all ages, and should be funded by the public purse, the Association of Play industries (API), has told government. In its submission to the Communities and Local Government Committee Parks Inquiry, the API raises its mounting concerns about the link between local authority budget cuts and dwindling opportunities for children to play and be physically active. API Chair Mark Hardy says: “Children’s increasingly sedentary lifestyles call for policy action, and parks have a pivotal role to play. … more 

Sport England Groundsmanship: online resource

15 Sep 2016

Sport England has published an online resource for sports clubs. Called ‘Groundsmanship for Sports Clubs’, it  provides valuable support for volunteers, coaches, club officials and the ‘hands-on’ groundsman. The resource includes advice, images and videos… more 

New physical activity resource published for local authorities and health professionals

15 Sep 2016

In July Public Health England  published the latest edition of its ‘Health matters: getting every adult active every day’ guidance document. This resource is designed for health professionals and local authorities looking to encourage more people to become physically active. The guidance carries the stark warning that unless the current situation can be reversed, people living in the UK are likely to be 35% less active in 2030 than they were in the 1960s.

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