I have always felt that our relationship with the clubs using our facilities is more than a provider/customer one in that we both should take ownership for safeguarding the long-term future of the game.

Alex Welsh 14 March 2017
What happened to London Playing Fields Foundation in early February is a valuable lesson for all playing field providers out there. Out of the blue we became the latest victim of industrial-scale fly-tipping when a group of intruders broke into one of our grounds in Greenford and covered an entire football pitch with rubbish

It was reassuring to hear the Prime Minister recently announce a comprehensive package of measures to transform mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities. Now that funding will be made available, rather the re-invent the wheel, the Government should be looking to champion and replicate those innovative interventions that have emerged over the past few years, such as our Coping Through Football project, to improve the lives of one of society’s most disadvantaged and marginalised groups.

“Kids are getting fatter because we sold off all the playing fields” is a typical headline whenever the media focuses on the obesity time bomb where one in three children in London are overweight or obese. Unfortunately, the argument usually stops there and no one ever joins the dots and explains how they can make our kids healthier and I’m not just talking about the ones who are already playing organised sport. So I would like to describe how we have tackled the issue with an innovative partnership involving a local primary school.

Alex Welsh 14 July 2016
It was great last week at the London Sport Engagement Event at The Oval to share a platform with Caroline Brooks (London Sport), Sarah Ridley (London Marathon Charitable Trust) and Helen Griffiths (Fields in Trust) to discuss the challenges facing London’s playing fields stock over the coming years. The session provoked much debate and one thing became abundantly clear. At a time when London Sport is aiming to get a million more people active by 2020 it is illogical that the very places where this activity takes place are under threat.