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The ISEH and UCL joined forces with Proactive Camden to monitor and evaluate an exciting and innovative physical activity initiative called ‘Camden Active Spaces’ for children and young people and their families.

Funded by Camden Clinical Commissioning Group and Camden Council through Public Health, Camden Active Spaces developed and installed innovative structures within schools to inspire young people and their families to become more physically active and healthy.

The six Camden Active Spaces are: Acland Burghley Secondary School, Argyle Primary, Carlton Primary, Haverstock Secondary School, Torriano Infants and Juniors and St Dominics Primary and each Active Space is bespoke. From spectacular timber climbing structures and balancing trails to special dance performance and trampolining areas the Camden Active Spaces are designed to inspire local children to get moving more.

Two award winning design teams have led the design of these developments - Erect Landscapes and LUC (Land Use Consultants) who have both previously worked on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

At Arygle Primary, LUC led a whole school assembly to get the children excited about the new addition to their play area and involve them in creating the best possible play space. The pupils were asked about their favourite type of play and invited to draw pictures of things they’d like to see in their new Active Space. A drop in consultation and engagement workshop was also held for parents and members of the local community.

Dr Caz Sayer, Chair of Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a local GP, said:

“Improving the health of children in our borough is one of Camden CCG’s five health priorities and as physical activity is key to a child’s good health and development it is vital that kids are encouraged to get active on a daily basis. Camden’s Active Spaces fund has created more outdoor spaces for kids across the borough to help increase their activity levels and it is great to see these new and innovative structures at these schools.”

Dr Mark Hamer and Dr Lee Smith from UCL led the evaluation of the Active Spaces which was made possible by a successful joint grant application by UCL and the ISEH to the Economic and Social research council and used the ISEH to carry out their testing, research, monitoring and evaluation.

On the 3 July 2014 the ISEH and UCL hosted a conference around the Camden Active Spaces project and increasing physical activity for children.

Camden Active Spaces paper

Camden Active Spaces Protocol paper

Watch the Camden Active Spaces video

Watch the Camden Active Spaces Active by Design video

Further information about Camden Active Spaces  

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