Project information

Summer Meals & Wheels

London Play will harness the thrills of DIY go-kart racing to promote healthy eating and physical activity.
A series of fun food workshops in deprived London areas will raise awareness of healthy eating and culminate in a London-wide go-kart build & race event attended by motor racing stars.

June 2016 - September 2016

Charity information

London Play

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  • Need


    Public Health England data for 2014/15 shows the extent of the child obesity crisis, with 19.1% of children in Year 6 alone being obese and a further 14.2% being overweight. The freedom of children to play outside has diminished to the point where growing numbers of primary school-aged children are not allowed out at all. The result is a generation of children living sedentary lives and prone to obesity as well as mental and physical health problems.


    London Play will harness the excitement of motor racing to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity. Teams of children will devise their own go-karts at our Go-Kart Build & Race Day in August 2016. In the run-up, we will organise three pre-event workshops at five adventure playgrounds in the poorest parts of London. Through fun activities, children will learn about the impact of obesity, find out about healthy yet tasty food options, and engage in calorie-burning activities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase children’s awareness of obesity and consequences, and widen knowledge on healthy eating.


    » In the run-up to the Go-Kart Build & Race day, we will deliver five ‘fuel your body’ workshops to inform 150 children about healthy eating choices.

    Success will see 150 children link healthy lifestyles with achievement. Through the project's evaluation we will be able to evidence the link.

    Aim 2

    Increase play opportunities and physical fitness.


    » In the run-up to the Go-Kart Build & Race day, we will deliver five play-based high-impact activity sessions involving 150 children.

    Through evaluation including quotes from their feelings about their fitness pre and after the project will demonstrate the success.

    Aim 3

    Improve children’s design skills and hand tool to build confidence and self-esteem.


    » In the run-up to the Go-Kart Build and Race, we will deliver five design & build workshops involving 150 children.

    Success will see the children using tools and building a go kart with minimal help on at the event and demonstrating to other children at their adventure playgrounds.

    Aim 4

    Having fun, promoting team work and building a sense of achievement.


    » The Go-Kart Build and Race 2016 will see the children applying their new found knowledge by creating and racing their own non-motorised go-karts.

    Again, this data will be demonstrated in the evaluation. The work shop and event photos and film will speak for themselves, these will be shared in social media and with donors.

    Aim 5

    Consolidating their new found skills and passing on their knowledge.


    » Supported by us, children will run five workshops passing on their new found skills to a further 500 children at their adventure playgrounds.

    Success will see the project participants share their knowledge and inspire a further 500 children in follow-up workshops.

  • Impact


    In the long term the project will help raise awareness with children and their families of healthy living, promote the benefits of outdoor play and create a desire to eat well to succeed.

    Promotion of the event’s outcomes will secure continued support from key stakeholders, such as the Henry Surtees Foundation, to ensure sustainability for an annual race event.


    Risk: Health and Safety concerns by parents curb participant numbers.
    Measures taken: Extensive HSE-approved risk/benefit assessments undertaken to cover each activity and a history of zero-accidents from previous events to be shared through info flyers for Adventure Playgrounds and through our website and Facebook.
    Risk: Participants with history of unhealthy diets resist core messages.
    Measures taken: Highly experienced, play oriented trainers will deliver the workshops and main event.


    Project donors and supporters will receive regular email reports detailing feedback from evaluation forms, social media and online surveys. Donors will be linked through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. An independent evaluator will track the project and deliver a donor report on the efficacy.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £17,945

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,895 Staff Workshop Leaders, Project Manager and External Evaluator
      £4,750 Materials and tools Go-kart tools and building materials
      £4,000 Travel for children Five 17-seater Minibuses at £400 per day inc. driver
      £1,300 Project film/photo/Resources Promotional and downloadable learning materials, project photography and film.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Henry Surtees Foundation £4,400 Conditional
  • Background


    London Play is based in Finsbury Park but works with disadvantaged children all over London. Participating adventure playgrounds are typically located in areas of high deprivation, usually near large housing estates. Mudchute Farm (the location of the final event) is located on the Isle of Dogs, the area with the highest imbalance of population to available green space ratio in the UK.


    Over 150 children and their families from some of the most deprived parts of London will benefit directly, with participating adventure playgrounds from boroughs such as Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Brent. A further 500 children will benefit from the evaluation workshops where the original participants will pass on their skills and knowledge – as well as the enthusiasm to inspire others to take part themselves next year.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    London Play was founded in 1998, and works with play providers in the voluntary, statutory and private sectors.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr John Surtees OBE

    A Moto GP and Formula One racing legend, the only world champion on both two and four wheels in history. He is chair of the Henry Surtees Foundation

    Paul Hocker And Catherine Togut

    London Play’s extremely experienced project delivery team that have grown the build & race event and worked on healthy eating projects in the past.

    Max Mueller

    A qualified mechanical engineer who has been working with children for 25 years and designing & building award-winning playgrounds all over London.

    Fiona Sutherland

    London Play’s communications manager. A former journalist, Fiona is responsible for London Play’s extensive network of supporters and events coverage.

Go -Kart Build and Race 2015

“I’ve never really used a hammer and a saw, I was a bit scared at first but got into it and now we have our own go-kart to take back to our estate.”

Omari , 12 years old, took part in the Go -Kart Build and Race 2015