The aim of the project was to explore young people’s experiences of leisure, active mobility and inequality in Swindon. This project identifies the complexities of active living and the everyday challenges faced by young people.
What do we currently know?
In Swindon, recent reports show that the majority of children and young people, aged 5-15, fail to achieve recommended levels of physical activity, and the results are worse for families living in areas of high deprivation.
To get everybody active, everyday day:
1, Swindon Borough Council highlight the need to encourage young people to make “positive choices to lead healthier lifestyles”
2. While Public Health England call upon local governments to deliver “healthy behaviour change campaigns”
3. However, in the context of growing disparity, changing behaviours to be more active is still not an easy choice for many young people living in Swindon, and actually accessing the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day is becoming increasingly challenging. Previous research highlights a range of structural, cultural and social inequalities that young people have to negotiate in their everyday lives
4. This complicates the individual empowerment and freedom of choice rhetoric we see across policy approaches to inactivity.
For full details you can print off the pdf - Your space Your say report - Depper.pdf7.82 MB
Or click on the front page below to read an online copy of the full report
On the 21st September, The Your Space Your Say event explored what young people really think about leisure provision in Swindon. On the night 13 young people, aged 10-17, from diverse backgrounds in Swindon came together to voice leisure and broader health related matters that were important to them. The event, held at the STEAM Museum, attracted over 70 people including young people, their family and friends and local policy officers/ providers across sport, health and family services in Swindon. The aim of the exhibition was to generate creative ways of engaging with young people, such as using films, poster displays and panels to listen to young people's insights. This event was part of Annaleise Depper's University of Bath PhD research, which aims to raise awareness of key health and social challenges in Swindon.
Steve Boocock CEO of Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) commented "Including young people in decision making about issues that affect them or interests them is a vital part of improving our communities. The Your Space Your Say exhibition highlighted some of the important issues that affect young people's participation in sport and leisure how creative they can be about expressing these when provide with the right opportunities I would encourage all those involved in the planning and delivery of sport and leisure to learn more about the study and the ways in which young people can contribute to our planning for the future."
Swindon Park Run
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What is Swindon parkrun? It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.
When is it? Every Saturday at 9:00am.
Where is it? It's run in Lydiard Park. See Course page for more details.
What does it cost to join in? Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once.
Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.
How fast do I have to be? We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!
Swindon parkrun needs you! It is entirely organised by volunteers - email email@example.com to help. Full details - http://bit.ly/177gFtm
We're friendly! Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Lydiard Park Cafe in the Visitor Centre (situated by the main car park) - please come and join us.