Burgess Park is adjacent to the Aylesbury Estate, one of the largest housing estates in Europe. A large number of children here are adversely affected by deprivation and a lack of indoor and outdoor activity space.
The area surrounding Burgess Park between Elephant and Castle and Camberwell Green has 38,000 residents. Many suffer from income inequality, poverty and unfavourable health issues compared to the rest of London and England. 35% of dependent children live in low income households, compared to 24% in the rest of London. Due to poor diet and few places for activity, 43% of children in Year 6 are considered either overweight or obese; almost 60% of adults are overweight or obese. In Year 6, this is 4.5% higher than the London average and 8.8% higher than the England average.
Local authority funding for youth services has been cut by over 80%. Free or affordable out of school activity provision has fallen dramatically over the last decade. There is a demonstrable shortfall in children’s access to adequate healthy activity in safe, stimulating environments. Burgess Sports is working hard to address this issue, to ensure our children have more places to play safely, healthier diets and better access to exercise and sport.