Welcome... Learning from others

Focus on skateboarding The sport is increasing in popularity ahead of its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with skateparks opening throughout the UK serving skateboarders as well as other members of the wheeled sports community.

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THE latest report from the Sport and Recreation Alliance makes for a sobering read. Why are We Failing Our Children finds that since 1977, levels of physical activity among children and young people have at best stagnated, and at worst reduced.

Despite all of the programmes, hard work and money invested over the last four decades, children are generally less active today than they were 40 years ago.

There have been some success stories over the years, but these have not been reproduced at scale to have significant impact on wider activity levels. And the system itself is excessively complex and confusing, finds the report. (P12)

Editor Vicky Kiernander

Sales director Julian Walter

National sales manager Tammy Breese

Production Gina Mitchell

Design Sandra Cid

Managing director Toby Filby

The issue of inactivity among children and young people is far too important to be the responsibility of government which rarely thinks beyond the next election. We need a multi-agency approach if we are to deliver meaningful change.

We also need to learn from the many successful interventions that are taking place throughout the UK and further afield. In this issue, we showcase the work of one such project in our skateboarding focus. Campus Skatepark is a social enterprise that’s using skatepark-based activities to engage children and young people in Bristol. (P26)

“Many people don’t even realise we are primarily a youth work organisation and we like it that way,” says co-founder Andre Seidel.

There needs to be a willingness to learn from others like Seidel if we are to move inactivity levels in the right direction over the next 40 years.

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