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KOMPAN Play institute

  • Case story - Physically active young people in the neighbourhood, Mölndal, Sweden

    Åby, Mölndal, is a social housing complex near Gothenburg. The site has two schools, and over the past two years, plenty of space has been made available for outdoor physical activity.

  • Case story - Design should come from the community

    The Environment Trust based in Dumbarton, northwest of Glasgow, Scotland, teams up with local communities to source funding for environmental regeneration and outdoor recreation in particularly disadvantaged areas. The trust puts a lot of effort into creating outdoor activity spaces for children and especially young people, preferably in cooperation with the young people and neighbours in the relevant areas.

  • Case story - An open-access leisure site for youth

    The Le Mée area north of Paris has a total of 22,500 inhabitants and has a particularly great need for free-access outdoor leisure solutions for the local youth. With 39% of the inhabitants of Le Mée below the age of 25 and 32.5% under 20, the big outdoor activity area is well used. A large proportion of the inhabitants are immigrants, predominantly with African, Arab or Asian backgrounds.

  • KOMPAN Play Institute - Nowhere to Go newsletter

    This 3rd letter in our campaign for more playful spaces for young people concentrates on the positive results in this field in 2008. Quite a few young people now have somewhere to go. Many more, though, still have nowhere to go.

  • Play for health - A better life through play

    Around the world parents, professionals and politicians are worried about the decline in children’s health. Today, children struggling with being overweight actually outnumber those facing famine. The sedentary lifestyles of our children have drastic consequences – not only for their physical health but even for their learning, social and emotional skills.

  • Physical Activity among Preschool Children

    The physical activity habits of children are established as early as the first year of life and have been suggested to follow many children through their school years into adulthood. We know that obesity and risks of cardiovascular diseases, for instance, are developed as early as the first few years of childhood.