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Research: playing out gets children active


New research published by Play England shows that playing out increases children’s physical activity. The research shows how playing out helps children meet daily targets of physical activity.

The reports evaluate the three-year Street Play project, funded by the UK Government’s Department of Health, and delivered by Play England with its partners Playing Out, London Play and the University of Bristol. The project has supported parents and communities in England to hold regular road closures enabling children to play out in 33 areas, with a sustainable network of over 5,000 volunteers creating over 60,000 additional play opportunities.

The findings are published in two reports: Why temporary street closures for play make sense for public health written by Professor Angie Page and colleagues at the University of Bristol and Street play initiatives in disadvantaged areas: experiences and emerging issues written by researcher and author Tim Gill in response to concerns about the decline in children’s opportunities for outdoor play.

More information

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