Blog fields, the green hearts of local communitiesIf like me you are a fan of Clint Eastwood, you would have heard him point out in numerous movies that saying sorry is a sign of weakness. I would disagree and claim that it can be a line in the sand and a turning point for things getting better.2017-09-27T12:04:00+01:009fb477d7-9ee5-4ff0-977d-f0f152bdb0f5 the grassroots: Creating positive match experiences for young peopleI 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.2017-08-14T16:09:00+01:002d420539-1431-4171-a18e-1fdeedd402ba MORE RUBBISH EXCUSESWhat 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 rubbish2017-03-14T10:12:00Zb738f045-e4d5-4089-a596-c243271d349a to government - let practice inform policyIt 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.2017-01-20T16:55:00Z38d7140e-d86e-4662-8396-1ec8f6d01b8b - an antidote to childhood obesity“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. 2017-01-20T15:20:00Z1360f5b1-719e-4f44-85fd-adc7a6d9be15 challenges facing London's playing fieldsIt 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. 2016-07-14T16:00:00+01:008c2352f6-b7e8-432f-93b8-1ff578202a4c people are on the pitch, they think it's all over...How many of the current squad representing England in France this summer have relived that moment as a child growing up, pretending to be Geoff Hurst and Kenneth Wolstenholme in the same moment? And where did all this happen? On a local playing field where, for most of us, our love for sport began. 2016-06-08T16:17:00+01:0001b3a5e4-93a6-4270-9683-aaa63b8f67b5 all want a level playing fieldDon’t you just love those David Attenborough natural history programmes where he passionately describes the plight of another endangered species? And following the programme the charity promoting the cause is inundated with donations from people like you and me who want to see the species protected forever. Playing fields are a bit like that but no-one is making emotive television programmes campaigning against their loss. This is strange considering how much they play a part in people’s lives.2016-03-29T14:43:00+01:004f77d926-960a-4959-9dad-35c3d87e5958's response to the government's sports strategyThe Government’s new sports strategy “Sporting Future” and its ambition to transform people’s well being and create a fitter, healthier and happier nation has much to commend it. 2015-12-21T16:12:00Zba883475-f2bb-4623-8d3c-167352f535f2 do young people drop out of sport? By Alex WelshTwo reports published this week providing reasons why young people drop out of sport early tell us what we’ve known for some time.2015-12-17T15:11:00Z5af04c98-96db-4eba-ae2a-26792d6c0a23 save playing fields - by Alex Welsh“If we don’t save playing fields people will die” was my exasperated response to someone once who kept questioning why they should support a charity like us. Sometimes it’s hard to get people to make the link between playing fields and improving lives.2015-08-28T11:27:00+01:00