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What is Street Games?

Street Games is a new national initiative to engage young people in sport within neighbourhoods that normally miss out on quality sporting opportunities. Street Games is established as a registered charity and announced a national expansion programme in January 2007. Street Games works with a range of partners to create exciting opportunities for young people and connects through to local community opportunities to enable young people to continue being active.

Street Games believes that sport can contribute to healthy living, can support personal development, build self confidence, develop leadership skills and install a sense of community pride.

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On Wednesday 17thJanuary 2007 StreetGames was launched at the House of Commons as a new national charity that brings sport to the doorsteps of young people living in disadvantaged communities. The keynote speakers at the event were Richard Caborn MP, Minister for Sport & Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the launch was hosted by John Mann MP.

Jane Ashworth, StreetGames newly appointed Chief Executive said: "Whilst the under representation of disadvantaged groups in sport can be partially explained by financial barriers - like having to buy kits, pay for travel and coaching, it only goes part of the way. StreetGames has proved that by taking sport and dance to the doorstep of young people who are currently outside sport, we can get them involved and help them achieve. And the winners are not just the young people - but their communities and the wider sporting world. StreetGames has run projects across England, from the streets of Liverpool to the beaches of Cornwall. It runs national and regional tournaments where teams from target communities compete and make friends. It also runs training events and get-togethers for coaches and development workers, which are open to anyone who wants to increase sporting opportunities in areas of disadvantage.

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