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Street play initiatives in disadvantaged areas: experiences and emerging issues

It considered a three-year street play project that supported parents to apply for regular road closures so children could play outside. The scheme was funded by the Department of Health and found that greater time spent outside resulted in higher levels of physical activity and contributed to weight management in children.

It is based on interviews with 21 people involved in such schemes in five local authority areas. Its aim is to clarify areas of debate, share experiences and set out emerging issues on a topic where experience is evolving rapidly. Interviewees confirmed the picture from other work: street play initiatives are being successfully started and sustained in disadvantaged areas and street play initiatives can help increase children's physical activity three-fold, making it more likely for them to meet their daily recommended exercise targets.