YES BALL GAMES! Hacking Barking & Dagenham’s open space for social sport and play.
Get on the grass and take back the streets. For too long we’ve built sport and play out of the places that we live. How can we change that, and how can we encourage the community to come together and play?
The challenge: Can technology play a role in getting children and isolated demographics more active in Barking and Dagenham’s open spaces for social sport and play?
Barking and Dagenham has the highest level of childhood obesity in London and the second highest in the country. A child is more likely to be obese here than in Richmond.
Physical inactivity is responsible for one in six deaths (equal to smoking) and is estimated to cost the UK £7.4 billion annually. Unfortunately our population is around 20% less active than in the 1960s. If current trends continue, it will be 35% less active by 2030.
Most people don’t realise that physical activity has significant benefits for health, both physical and mental, and can help to manage over 20 chronic conditions and diseases, including some cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.
If you can spare some time to advise people in the community, be a mentor or if you’d like to participate to help solve the challenge, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. Commitment levels for a mentor is 1-2 hours on Friday PM or Saturday AM.