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Moving the Goalposts: Poverty and Access to Sport for Young People

LSE Housing and Communities and Street Games report launch

Date: Monday 7 December 2015
Time: 4.45-6.30pm
Venue: 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, 1.04
Speakers: Jane Ashworth,Tessa Jowell MP, Professor Anne Power, Sir Robin Wales
Chair: Professor David Piachaud 

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of our new report: Moving the Goalposts: Poverty and Access to Sport for Young People. Earlier in the year LSE Housing and Communities carried out area-based qualitative research for StreetGames (@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 don’t, 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 report offers 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.

Jane Ashworth OBE is Chief Executive and co-founder of StreetGames. Jane previously worked at Sport England for ten years, with many local authorities and the Deputy Prime Minister on government policy to bring together sport with regeneration policy. 

Baroness Tessa Jowell, DBE, PC is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Dulwich and West Norwood from1992 to 2015.

Anne Power is a professor of social policy, head of the LSE Housing and Communities and chair of the National Communities Resource Centre.

Sir Robin Wales has been part of Newham Council for more than twenty years. He became the first Labour directly elected Mayor in England in 2002. In May 2014 he won his fourth term in office.

Download the report Moving the Goalposts: Poverty and Access to Sport for Young People:

Full Report (pdf) | Executive Summary (pdf) | Literature Review (pdf)

LSE Housing and Communities (@LSEHousing) is a research and consultancy group within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) which conducts policy- and practice-related research in disadvantaged neighbourhoods; develops models of housing and neighbourhood management, community engagement and control; explores and uncovers the support needs of low-income communities and residents engaged in self-help action, especially in social housing areas; and informs the debate around government policy.

The event is free and open to all however booking is essential. Please RSVP to lsehousingandcommunities@lse.ac.uk. For more information contact Nicola Serle on n.serle@lse.ac.uk or phone 020 7955 6684.   


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