London Sport: Space for Girls

London Sport exists to make London a more physically active city – ensuring that more Londoners live happier, healthier lives through access to physical activity and sport. The organisation focuses on people from under-represented and under-served communities who face the most barriers to participation and works to tackle the inequalities that exist in terms of access and opportunity in physical activity. London Sport also is also committed to raising awareness of physical activity and sport as solutions to wider societal inequalities.

A recent report from London Sport highlighted that only 41% of girls in London are doing enough physical activity for their mental and physical health, 8% lower than their male counterparts.

The Space for Girls project is seeking to better understand how physical activity spaces can impact on the participation of teenage girls in sport. The project will reform an empty retail unit and under-utilised car park area at Lewisham Shopping Centre, providing opportunities for the community, primarily teenage girls, to access health and wellbeing services and physical activity sessions.

London Sport brings expertise in identifying and developing active environments – finding innovative solutions to turn non-traditional spaces into active and safe environments. They’ll manage this project through its pilot phase, ensuring that the key project learnings are captured that will help develop a model that allows the project to be scaled up across other locations in London. 

Read the evaluation report for the Lewisham project.