Help celebrate Playday 2014

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Playday is the national day for play and this year Playday was held on the 7th August. Now going into its 27th year, Playday is the biggest play sector event in the UK! As well as being a celebration of play, the Playday campaign highlights the importance of play in children’s lives and in light of government cuts to the play industry, it is more crucial than ever that we unite to stand up for play!

The Playday campaign this year asked everyone to help ensure that the places where children play and hang out are great places to play.

The campaign identifies that:

  • Children should feel welcomed and part of their community
  • Parents want their children to be able to play outside
  • Public space should be designed and managed with children’s play in mind
  • Children and young people need to be involved in planning the places and spaces where they play

Figures released by PlayEngland stated that 648 events were registered via the Playday website throughout the UK, which is pretty incredible and we hope the celebrations continue with such high numbers next year!

Regional breakdown

East Midlands (34)

East of England (24)

London (43)

North East (11)

North West (48)

Northern Ireland (13)

Scotland (19)

South East (278)

South West (54)

Wales (43)

West Midlands (47)

Yorkshire and the Humber (34)

Events ranged from small-scale private events to public events attended by thousands. Venues and types of events again ranged significantly, reflecting the diversity of people, communities and organisations involved in the campaign.

In a recent survey, over a third of Playday event organisers thought the Playful Places campaign had an impact at a local level and 27% of those felt Playday had boosted their community spirit, which is fantastic news.

We really hope more people will be involved in this fantastic and worthy cause next year, which will be taking place on Wednesday 6 August.You can also follow the latest developments of the campaign on twitter by searching for the hashtags #Playday2014 and #righttoplay. The Playday team have also been busy tweeting some fantastic ideas you can get involved with. Here are our top five:

1. Hold a street party on 6 Aug & help children & communities reclaim streets for play

2. Invite friends & family to a playful picnic on 6/8 & bring people together through play

3. Organise a community-wide event on 6 Aug & bring communities together through play

4. Choose a high-profile spot for your celebration on 6 Aug & publicise the value of play

5. Arrange a play date with friends on 6 Aug & spend the day playing for plays sake

To find out how you can get involved in celebrating the national day for play, please visit www.playday.org.uk.

All figures have been taken from the results of the Playday 2013 organisers’ survey, which was completed by 156 participants.

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