Play & Activity

February 2018

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A glorious centenary Page 15 Wicksteed Why the right surface matters. Page 14 Gerflor Zaun Specialists in sports fencing Page 20 Sport England has identified 12 places it will work with on a bold new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England. Around £100 million of National Lottery funding will be invested in the pilot scheme over four years, to create innovative partnerships that make it easier for people in these communities to access sport and physical activity. By focusing intensely in 12 areas, Sport England wants to identify better ways to address these stubborn inequalities and break down the barriers that stop people getting active, such as poor transport, safety, cost and confidence. And it wants to encourage wider, collaborative partnerships which look at how all parts of a community can better work together to help the most inactive. From the transport links and street lighting to the quality of parks and open spaces, to how sport and activity is promoted by GPs. Partnerships will encompass organisations beyond the sport sector such For almost 20 years Playforce has campaigned to fight childhood obesity and to integrate active play, PE and sports across the school day and age ranges. Playforce has started releasing a weekly advice guide on Sports & PE, drawing on their long- standing experience of working with schools across the UK and organisations such as Sport England, Youth Sport Trust and Sports for Schools. Director of Marketing, Emily Northin, said: "With ever- Playforce launches free Sports & PE guides for schools as voluntary groups, social enterprises, faith organisations and parenting groups. Jennie Price, Sport England Chief Executive, said: "On our assessment visits to choose the pilot places I was vividly reminded that the barriers to getting active might have little to do with the activity itself, yet this is where we often start. "I talked to one older lady who was very keen to start swimming again, but to do so she needed someone to sit with her husband who had dementia, a bus that stopped on the right side of a busy junction for the leisure centre, and a session with people like her in the pool rather than lots of children for example. "Working with all of the partners in a local area means for the first time we can think about that broader range of issues and work right across the local system to address them." Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA's Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: "These pilots offer a fresh approach to how Sport increasing pressures on funding and resources, as well as existing equipment, we understand that delivering an increased programme of physical activities can be challenging. "That's why we've produced this step-by-step guide to the Primary PE & Sports Premium, for those schools that want to integrate PE and Sports, as well as healthy living, into daily activity." Playforce Enquiry 52 England can work with local authorities and their partners on the ground to reach out to the quarter of the population who struggle to be active. "There is huge ambition within local government to break down the barriers for those in their communities who cannot take part in sport or physical exercise." Sport England Enquiry 50 Transforming the delivery of physical activity locally with £100m plan READER ENQUIRY 53 L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y w w w. l a n d s c a p e a n d a m e n i t y. c o m February 2018 Spotlight on the vibrant play industry The 12 pilot areas are Birmingham and Solihull, Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, Essex, Great Exeter, Greater Manchester, Hackney, Pennine Lancashire, Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough, Southall, and Withernsea. Mark Hardy, Chair of the Association of Play Industries, said: "We're living in a society that's becoming increasingly divided, and with obesity rising and divisions evident, particularly in deprived areas, we see time after time how a well designed and implemented play and fitness area brings the local community together. "Getting involved in the early consultation process through to implementation brings diverse members of these communities together, and once built it is truly heart-warming to see the community come together socially around the children playing and being active together." International Hockey Federation (FIH) Official Global Supplier Polytan will shortly begin installation of two new state- of-the-art pitches at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre ahead of the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018. The installation of their Poligras Platinum World Cup product at the venue, located within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will begin at the start of March Significant World Cup turf investment to provide widespread benefits and the second pitch will be completed in May 2018. The £600,000 investment will provide widespread benefits to the hockey community. It will not only give England and Great Britain's national and development squads, university, school and hockey clubs world-class turfs to play on, it will also provide a number of environmental benefits. The investment further reinforces the benefits of the UK hosting major events and in the long term will bring more elite competition to the UK – for example the Hockey Pro League from 2019 onwards. Polytan has spent considerable time and investment on developing a new turf product specifically for next year's Hockey World Cups being staged in England and India. It is an evolution of the turf used at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games which proved extremely popular with athletes and spectators. The new turf however uses denser fibres to create a faster playing surface. Polytan's significant investment through its FIH Global Supplier status has been further supported by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018 additional funding partners - England Hockey, UK Sport and the Greater London Authority. FIH hockey Enquiry 51

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