Develop and promote a universal offer of sport and physical activity for residents in Newham

Our plan to address this step:
  • Support the development of community facilities as physical activity hubs
  • Develop a physical activity offer in a variety of community settings for all residents – parks, libraries, community centres, Voluntary, Community and Faith Sectors
  • Maximise the potential of major events, such as the 2022 legacy of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and national campaigns such as Change4Life, This Girl Can to stimulate a desire to be physically active
Tracking progress:
  • Increased levels of activity
Who is involved:
  • Newham Council
  • Sports and physical activity providers
  • National governing bodies of sport

Can you help?

We rely on the support from organisations and individuals to help us deliver our goals. We are on the look out for more partners who are able to support this step. Please email [email protected] or [email protected] to find out more.

Now is the time to act. Together we can make Newham a healthier borough.


Newham changemaker

Christine became the first British woman to win a global 400m title, win Olympic and Commonwealth gold, as well as World and European Indoor 4x400m relay gold. As a retired Olympian and Newham resident, Christine is passionate about

seeing the area prosper and recognises the role health plays in achieving this. She wants to remove any barriers that are preventing residents from participating in physical activity and sport, particularly young people and believes everyone should have the opportunity to be active.

“We have some fantastic green spaces and leisure facilities in Newham, available for

everyone to use. I’d love to help change perceptions that only the very sporty need to stay active. It’s critical for physical and mental health that everyone has an active lifestyle. After all, healthy communities are happy communities.”

– Christine Ohuruogo, Retired Olympian and law student


Newham changemaker

West Silvertown Foundation was born in 1995 to help break down the barriers in a very unique area of Newham, to help the most vulnerable and to support a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community, which benefits everyone. With a programme which aims to provide support and encourage integration through community-led activities, they have a diverse programme with a focus on health and wellbeing. These include exercise classes, couch to 5k, fitness for carers, a local walking club and youth football. Most recently, the community-led renovation of a community garden has provided an outdoor space for everyone to enjoy, and to provide a much needed safe outdoor space to meet neighbours and learn new skills.

“Now more than ever health and wellbeing is growing in importance, for increasing physical fitness, but more so, the social connections that can be made during these activities and the sense of belonging that naturally follows. Led by local residents, we’re excited to see our programme grow and the countless benefits to a more active and healthier community.”

– West Silvertown Foundation

Contact us

Get in touch to find out how you can support the borough’s drive to be healthier.

We are on the look out for organisations and people in our community who are thinking differently, challenging the norms, trying new things and looking at ways they can help Newham be a healthier borough.

If you think you can help, we’d love to hear from you, email [email protected]

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