The API welcomes applications from any UK manufacturer, designer, installer and distributor of indoor and outdoor play equipment and safety surfacing which meet the current application process for membership.

Membership of the API is built up of five sections which are:
  • Outdoor Play Equipment Manufacturers, Designers, Installers and Distributors
  • Indoor Play Equipment Manufactures, Designers Installers and Distributors
  • Surfacing Manufacturers, Designers, Installers and Distributors
  • Constructors, installers of play equipment and surfacing
  • Associates

Criteria for Membership may vary according to the type of membership.

Benefits of membership include:
  • Professional Code of Conduct
    In achieving membership of the Association, all members have to meet the required standards for operational proficiency and integrity plus demonstrate they possess the relevant commercial acumen required by the Association. [Read more]

  • Raising Standards
    Working together through the various steering groups and committees, members separate themselves from commercial interests for the good of the industry, customer and suppliers. Representation from the API on various British Standards (BSI) committees ensures the membership continue to improve standard and quality of play facilities.

  • Information and Networking
    API provides its members with regular email updates, ensuring that members are kept up-to-date with the wider industry, Government policy, news, Standard updates and any regulations which may affect the industry. 

    • Statistical Data: Members receive a monthly statisical report which includes, UK Market Size; UK Market Growth Export Market Size; Export Market Growth; Total Market Size; Total Market Growth;
      Company specific data; Company specific performance.

    • Meetings: Members have the opportunity of networking at meetings arranged by the API, throughout the year, including Annual General Meeting in April and General Members Meeting in October.
  • Promoting Members
    Along with many cost saving benefits API members benefit from exposure to the marketplace through various tools and activities, including:

    • PlayFair: an annual exhibition for all those involved in the selection, purchase, upkeep and replacement of children's play provision. 

    • Website: packed full of information and promotional opportunities

A dedicated full-time secretariat reports to the API Chairman and Executive Committee. The Executive comprises of representatives from different member companies, and consists of Chair, Vice Chair and eight Officers. All are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting Working groups and Steering committees are formulated from the membership as necessary. See Who's Who

The API is one of 13 trade associations with the Federation of Sports and Play Associations umbrella. FSPA is a non-profit seeking organisation and has a long history of servicing the sports and play industries providing secretariat services.

How to join the Association of Play Industries
To request application forms for membership of API please send your company details, including a brief description of your business activities, to API at the following address or request an ' Request an Application Pack' .

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