Playing our part in tackling physical inactivity, increasing sedentary behaviour and rising childhood obesity through play.
Children's levels of physical activity in Scotland are low. Sadly, with lower levels of physical activity in childhood comes lower levels of physical literacy, the development of fundamental movelment skills and the ability to be physical active in later life.
Through previous investments, we have learnt about the successful role of active play in helping children with a fun and accessible introduction to being physically active.
Inspiring Scotland’s Go2Play Fund 2015 carefully selected four charities to work together on a new Active Play Fund to explore how active play can help to tackle physical inactivity, increasing sedentary behaviour and rising childhood obesity.
The 4 charities were:
- Enterprise Childcare, Upper Port Glasgow, Inverclyde
- Healthy Valleys, Rural South Lanarkshire
- Jeely Piece Club, Castlemilk, Glasgow
- Parent Action for Safe Play, Airdrie & Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire
Active Play works towards the following outcomes
- Children develop physical literacy/fundamental movement skills
- Children increase levels of physical activity
- Children progress into more active forms of play and into sports re
- Awareness of play as a means to improved physical literacy is increase
The Project involves three main phases – staff training, Active Play sessions and evaluation.
Evaluation is a significant aspect of this fund and the learning from this robust academic research will influence a number of sectors and policy areas. Working in partnership with The University of Strathclyde, Go2Play’s Active Play investments will be supported by an MPhil studentship which will measure improvements in fundamental movement skills and physical activity levels of the children participating.