API Latest Newshttp://www.api-play.orgAPI Latest NewsFri, 24 Nov 2017 14:44:39 GMTeibe: Sitting on the Dock of the Bayhttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-sitting-on-the-dock-of-the-bay<p>Looking out across the new play facilities at Bay Cottage on the North West coast of England, you get a real understanding of what the area means to Heysham residents and why such an extreme effort was made to restore the much loved playground.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 "><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/EIBE-Bay%20Cottage%202%20(Small)-WEB.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/EIBE-Bay%20Cottage%201%20(Small)-WEB.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> It was local schoolgirl and triathlon specialist, Niamh Barnsley-Ryan, who has been the inspiration behind the revamped play area on the coast of Heysham in Lancashire. Working tirelessly to help raise the necessary funds, she and the Friends of Bay Cottage desperately wanted to re-develop the beachside playspace that Lancaster City Council said could no longer be maintained. Back before the funding campaign started, Sue Joy-Eatock, chair of the Friends of Bay Cottage play area, commented:<br /> <br /> <em>"This play area has been a valuable amenity for children, parents and families for many years and offers outdoor play that is so important for children's development. It opens up the chance to access the beach and all the fun children love by being near the sands. We want to develop a safe but fun and exciting play experience for youngsters that will remain a happy memory for those visiting area as well as local residents.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> <em>The then nine year old Niamh added: "When I heard that the park was closing, I thought it was really sad as me and my friends love playing there. So, I asked if I could do a sponsored event to help raise some money.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Thanks to Niamh&rsquo;s commitment and athletic endeavours, plus the consistent and persistent work of the Group, &pound;80,000 was raised and their vision finally became a reality, when, in October 2017, the playground opened once more and eibe was thrilled to be a part of it.<br /> <br /> Leanr more about eibe Play:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.eibe.co.uk">www.eibe.co.uk</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.eibe.co.uk"></a><strong>Date: </strong>20 November 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-sitting-on-the-dock-of-the-bayAPI supports Children in Need’s Power of Play Appealhttp://www.api-play.org/api-supports-children-in-needs-power-of-play-appeal<p style="text-align: left;"><strong>PRESS RELEASE<br /> Date: </strong>16 November 2017</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The Association of Play Industries is supporting the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/4Fmz1XWLQwmMhcswJWk81B0/asda"><strong>Power of Play &ndash; a Children in Need </strong></a>appeal in partnership with Asda. The appeal will enable 30,000 disadvantaged children across the UK to develop vital life skills through play.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;">API Chair, Mark Hardy says: <em>&ldquo;The importance of play is often underestimated. It&rsquo;s absolutely central to children&rsquo;s healthy physical, emotional and social development. We&rsquo;re delighted that Children in Need is recognising the power of play.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;The API&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.api-play.org/upload/public/Nowhere%20to%20Play/NowheretoPlayFinal.pdf"><strong>Nowhere2Play report</strong></a> revealed an alarming decline in playgrounds in England. Between 2014/15 and 2015/16 local authorities across England closed 214 children&rsquo;s playgrounds, and when asked about future plans they admitted their aim was to close a further 234.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;These closures will disproportionately affect children in the most deprived areas, many of whom will, quite literally, find themselves with nowhere to play. We welcome the fact that the Power of Play appeal is targeting some of the most disadvantaged children in the UK.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;Children are becoming increasingly isolated and sedentary. The lure of technology, parental attitudes to children &lsquo;playing out&rsquo; and, of course, the decline in spaces in which children can play, are all contributing to a national crisis for our children. </em><br /> <em><br /> &ldquo;Opportunities for free, unstructured and unsupervised play are shrinking and at the same time the childhood obesity crisis worsens and the number of children with mental health problems is on the rise. Children deprived of play are being denied an essential aspect of childhood.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;Access to safe and free areas to play is crucial for a healthy and happy childhood, as fundamental as getting enough sleep and having a good diet. Playgrounds are especially important in deprived areas where, for many children, they represent their only opportunities to be active and socialise with peers. Without them, we are driving children indoors, onto their screens and away from each other. </em> <br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;We back the Power of Play appeal and wish it every success &ndash; not just in terms of raising funds, but also in raising awareness of the crisis many children are facing and the importance of play.&rdquo;</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>-------End------</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>API Media Contact:</strong>&nbsp;Deborah Holt, Association Manager,&nbsp;<br /> t: 024 7641 4999&nbsp; m: 07969533915 <br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:deborah.holt@api-play.org ">deborah.holt@api-play.org&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Notes to editors:</strong>&nbsp;The Association of Play Industries (API)&nbsp;<a href="http://www.api-play.org">www.api-play.org</a>&nbsp;is the lead trade body within the play sector and campaigns at the highest levels for policy recognition of the, representing the interests of the manufacturers, installers, designers and distributors of both outdoor and indoor play equipment and safety surfacing.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Founded in 1984 the API currently has 65 members. Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/apiplay">@apiplay&nbsp;</a></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://twitter.com/apiplay"></a>The API operates under the umbrella of the Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA), the national trade body responsible for representing 13 Associations in the UK&rsquo;s sport and play industries.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sportsandplay.com">www.sportsandplay.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> </p>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/api-supports-children-in-needs-power-of-play-appealAll Play For Huddersfield School As Sutcliffe Play Opens Innovative Sensory Play Areahttp://www.api-play.org/all-play-for-huddersfield-school-as-sutcliffe-play-opens-innovative-sensory-play-area<p>The children of Woodley School and College in Huddersfield are enjoying an innovative new play experience as Sutcliffe Play, one of the UK&rsquo;s leading designers and manufacturers of children&rsquo;s playground equipment, unveils a new &pound;150,000 sensory and physical development play area (Tuesday 7th November, 2017). The playground was officially opened by the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Christine Iredale.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Sutcliffe%20Play%20-%20Woodley%20School%20opening-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Sutcliffe%20Play%20-%20Woodley%20School%202Nov-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Sutcliffe%20Play%20-%20Woodley%20School%201Nov-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> The school, which is now designated for children and young people with autism, worked with Wakefield based Sutcliffe Play to design a space that specifically meets the needs of its users. They created a bespoke Sensory and Physical Development Area featuring zoned spaces with no physical boundary lines. <br /> <br /> Anne Lawton, Headteacher at Woodley School and College, said: <em>&ldquo;The children have improved their physical activity, become better at social interactions and communication with each other. The outdoor learning spaces are encouraging our children to engage, to learn and so to be happier.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Woodley School and College is a local authority special school for 110 children aged 5-19 who all have autism. The introduction of the new Sensory and Physical Development Area will play a major role in supporting children with autism to extend their learning in a fun environment.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;On behalf of Woodley School and College we would like to say a special thank you to Kirklees Council, the Huddersfield Rotary Club and the Free Masons of Yorkshire and West Riding who have donated funds to complete this project. We look forward to many years of enjoyment and development for the children with our new play facility.&rdquo; </em><br /> <br /> <strong>The zones for the new play area are as follows:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Music Zone </strong><br /> Offering a technological element to play, the music zone features a Bluetooth music mast. The music player is &lsquo;child-powered&rsquo; and allows children to learn about kinetic power whilst playing music to soothe, relax or energise. <br /> <br /> <strong>Active Zone </strong><br /> This zone encourages dynamic play offering unique play equipment to develop social skills, balance, coordination and physical development. <br /> <br /> <strong>Climbing Zone </strong><br /> This section encourages mental stimulation, coordination skills and physical activity through various climbing apparatus and parallel play. The colourful and interactive equipment features structural levels of play that include a binocular rail for spying on wildlife, a slide and a tunnel on the ground level. <br /> <br /> <strong>Quiet Zone </strong><br /> This area forms the largest space in the playground. Bringing earthly and natural elements in to play including a sandcastle, splash zone and reading corner. <br /> <br /> <strong>Daydream Den </strong><br /> Offering a safe and relaxing area for the children, the &lsquo;Daydream Den&rsquo; is a visually pleasing enclosed area designed to calm the mind. </p> <p>Learn more about Sutcliffe Play visit:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk ">www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk "></a><strong>Date:</strong> 08 November 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/all-play-for-huddersfield-school-as-sutcliffe-play-opens-innovative-sensory-play-areaSpinning Around With Sutcliffe Playhttp://www.api-play.org/spinning-around-with-sutcliffe-play<p>Leading designer and manufacturer of playground equipment Sutcliffe Play has added two new inclusive roundabouts to its range.<br /> <br /> Sutcliffe Play is passionate about inclusive play and develops most of its equipment with an element of invisible inclusivity that doesn&rsquo;t compromise on fun. The new Inclusive 2 Seater Roundabout and Inclusive Scooter Roundabout are both designed to accommodate a wheelchair alongside seated and standing users so that children, adults and carers can enjoy spinning whether they have a disability or not.<br /> <br /> Patrick Martin, Design &amp; Development Manager from Sutcliffe Play says: &ldquo;Through innovative design we create play equipment and spaces that are suitable for children of all abilities but that do not compromise on challenge. The new inclusive roundabout creates a sensation of speed for all users.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Sutcliffe%20Play%20New%20Inclusive%20Roundabout%202-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Sutcliffe%20Play%20Inclusive%20Roundabout%201-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Sutcliffe_Play_New_Inclusive_Roundabout_3-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> &ldquo;The mechanism we&rsquo;ve used enables the roundabouts to free run for over two minutes giving users the chance to enjoy the spinning without having to push all the time &ndash; more speed, more fun!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The roundabouts are set in the ground creating a &lsquo;roll on roll off&rsquo; design which enables users to exit forward. The non-slip flooring also includes bump stops for wheelchair brakes whilst the units have been constructed using lime green powder coated frames to act as a visual indicator for partially sighted users.<br /> <br /> The Inclusive 2 Seater Roundabout accommodates a wheelchair user with four seated users plus a similar number standing whilst the Inclusive Scooter Roundabout accommodates a wheelchair plus two seated and more standing.<br /> <br /> Want to find out more? Get in touch&hellip;<br /> <br /> Telephone: 01977 653 200<br /> Website: <a href="http://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk">www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk</a><br /> Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/SutcliffePlay ">https://twitter.com/SutcliffePlay </a></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/SutcliffePlay "></a><strong>Date: </strong>30 October 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/spinning-around-with-sutcliffe-playWaste Wood From Playground Firm Being Donated To New Charity Projecthttp://www.api-play.org/waste-wood-from-playground-firm-being-donated-to-new-charity-project<p>WASTE wood left over from the creation of children&rsquo;s playgrounds is being donated to a new wildlife charity project which aims to reach out to lonely older people and provide a vital training hub for young people.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wildlife-7-WEB.jpg" style="margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 1px; margin-left: 10px; width: 468px; height: 303px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded pull-right" /><span class="img-responsive img-rounded center-block">​Chester-based family firm, Creative Play, which specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of top quality children&rsquo;s playgrounds, is backing a social enterprise project called Create for Nature which has been launched by Cheshire Wildlife Trust.</span><br /> The trust is converting an old milking shed at the charity&rsquo;s base near Malpas into a woodworking workshop to create indoor and outdoor furniture and other wooden goods from trade timber waste.<br /> <br /> Working with placement students from South Cheshire College and other volunteer groups, the proceeds from the sale of the items will be used to support the trust&rsquo;s conservation work.<br /> <br /> James Harris, Managing Director of Creative Play, whose father, Keith Harris started the company more than 25 years ago, said: &ldquo;<em>We manufacture everything in our Chester factory on Sealand Industrial Estate.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Sam Salisbury of Cheshire Wildlife Trust approached us via email with information about the project to see if there was any way we could help.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It seemed like a nice thing to be involved with that would benefit the local community. I gave him a ring and told him we&rsquo;d be happy to help if we could and he popped over for a chat. We decided to supply them with all the scrap timber generated from the playgrounds we create - if good could come from it, we&rsquo;d rather it be used than go to waste.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Sam has already picked up a couple of pallets of material which will be used to build timber products. We&rsquo;re glad the material is being given a new lease of life while helping people gain skills.&rdquo;<br /> </em><br /> Corporate Partnerships Manager for Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Sam Salisbury, said the focus of the project is sustainability and social engagement. <br /> <br /> He explained: <em>&ldquo;As a conservation charity, this is at the heart of what we do.We are diverting waste wood from landfill and upcycling it into beautiful furniture. We also aim to provide a social hub for older, socially isolated members of the community and provide training for the young people of the region.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;To make items like hedgehog houses, bug hotels and outdoor furniture that will stand the test of time, I needed to find a supply of weatherproofed timber, and so made contact with Creative Play of Chester, whose fantastic play areas I have seen all over the region. When I discussed the project with Creative Play&rsquo;s managing director, James Harris, he got the concept immediately and agreed to help us.&rdquo; </em><br /> <br /> He added: <em>&ldquo;James and the team set aside an area of the workshop to collect materials for us and when I went to pick it up, I was blown away with the quantity and quality of timber they were able to donate.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> The trust has already used some of their first batch of timber to work on prototypes for the scheme, as well as other projects like making bug hotels with local children. <br /> <br /> Sam said: <em>&ldquo;We are very excited to be working with Creative Play on this project, without this kind of help, charitable projects like ours would be completely unfeasible, and it&rsquo;s great to see a local business dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of Cheshire.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> All of Creative Play&rsquo;s equipment is designed and manufactured in Chester by the company&rsquo;s in house teams, who use state of the art equipment and each specialise in timber, plastic or metal.<br /> <br /> Creative Play&rsquo;s own teams install all of the equipment and surfacing to meet the requirements of the client and their own rigorous quality standards. <br /> <br /> For more information visit: <a href="http://www.creativeplayuk.com">www.creativeplayuk.com</a> or call 01244 375627. Facebook and Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/CreativePlayUK">@CreativePlayUK</a><br /> <br /> If anyone would like to know more about the project, or possibly get involved as a volunteer in the Create for Nature workshop, please contact Sam Salisbury on 01948 820728 or email <a href="mailto:ssalisbury@cheshirewt.org.uk">ssalisbury@cheshirewt.org.uk</a></p> <p><a href="mailto:ssalisbury@cheshirewt.org.uk"></a><strong>Date: </strong>24 October 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/waste-wood-from-playground-firm-being-donated-to-new-charity-projectEnsuring the safety of Britain’s Playgroundshttp://www.api-play.org/ensuring-the-safety-of-britains-playgrounds<p>The Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) has released its&nbsp;<strong><a href="/upload/public/documents/Publications/RPII_Brochure_07.pdf">new brochure</a></strong> highlighting the importance of using accredited inspectors to ensure the safety of playground equipment, play areas and inflatables.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/brochure-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded center-block" /><br /> The Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) is the official UK body for examining, accrediting and certificating inflatable, indoor and outdoor play inspectors. <br /> <br /> The RPII examines, accredits and certificates inspectors across a range of job roles, from post manufacture inspection to regular routine inspection.<br /> <br /> Ensuring play safety is essential - both for the protection of the children using the equipment and to mitigate risk for the councils, schools and organisations in charge of these play areas.<br /> By using accredited playground inspectors, providers can be sure that they meet the strict criteria set by the RPII and that they&rsquo;ve been fully trained to conduct inspections to the required levels of competence.<br /> <br /> The RPII provides industry updates, continuing professional development and industry updates for its members. It also works year round to promote the benefits of using accredited inspectors to relevant user groups. <br /> <br /> The RPII is a UK based organisation, which has international members who wish to work to the high standards of the UK voluntarily. <br /> <br /> For more information, please visit the website <a href="http://www.playinspectors.org">www.playinspectors.org</a> or email <a href="mailto:rpii@playinspectors.com">rpii@playinspectors.com</a><br /> <br /> </p>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/ensuring-the-safety-of-britains-playgroundsPlaydale appoints new distributors for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eirehttp://www.api-play.org/playdale-appoints-new-distributors-for-scotland-northern-ireland-and-eire<p>Playdale is delighted to announce three new distributors for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire. From September 2017, Playdale will work in partnership with Scotplay, Hawtho<img alt="" src="http://www.api-play.org/upload/public/images/news/press%20release%200817%20-%20SCO%20NI%20ROI-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded pull-right" style="height: 212px; width: 300px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 5px;" />rn Heights, and Murphy Playground Services to design and install fantastic new playgrounds for schools, councils and leisure attractions across Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire. <br /> <br /> Barry Leahey, Managing Director at Playdale is excited about the partnerships stating &ldquo;We have worked with distributors across the world for many years and have developed strong working relationships. We are looking forward to welcoming Scotplay, Hawthorn Heights and Murphy Playground Services to our team of worldwide distributors.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Are you in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Eire and require new playground equipment? You can contact our distributors directly on the contact details below.<br /> <br /> If you currently have Playdale equipment in your play area, don't worry - you can still contact Playdale in the usual way for any Customer Care related enquiries.<br /> <br /> Learn more about Playdale Playgrounds visit: <a href="http://www.playdale.co.uk ">www.playdale.co.uk&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>Date: </strong>18 October 2017</p>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/playdale-appoints-new-distributors-for-scotland-northern-ireland-and-eireWe must act now to save our parks, playgrounds and green spaces, says Association of Play Industrieshttp://www.api-play.org/we-must-act-now-to-save-our-parks-playgrounds-and-green-spaces-says-association-of-play-industries<p style="text-align: left;"><strong><br /> PRESS RELEASE<br /> </strong><strong>Date: </strong>Embargoed11th&nbsp;October 2017 00:01am<br /> <br /> </p> <p style="text-align: left;">New research from Fields in Trust showing the crucial role that parks and green spaces play in all our lives has prompted the Association of Play Industries (API) to highlight once again the alarming decline in playgrounds uncovered in their Nowhere to Play campaign.<br /> <br /> API Chair, Mark Hardy, says: &ldquo;The Fields in Trust research shows, for the first time at national level, a direct and statistically significant link between public parks and green spaces and health and wellbeing. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are at a pivotal point in the ongoing campaign to protect the future of our playgrounds, parks and green spaces. There is a clear picture emerging demonstrating the positive impact that parks have on health, wellbeing and community integration. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We need to act now to reverse the decline in parks and green spaces due to budget cuts and use this and other research data to inform public policy.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Fields in Trust findings which will be published in full soon, establish a link between an individual&rsquo;s use of parks and green spaces and an improvement in their life satisfaction, sense of worth, happiness and anxiety levels. <br /> <br /> The research comes amid news of the newly-established Parks Action Group, a government-created advisory body which will explore options to ensure that communities can benefit from parks and green spaces for generations to come.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We welcome the formation of the Parks Action Group,&rdquo; says Mark. &ldquo;Given the increasingly overwhelming evidence of the health benefits of parks and the negative impact their decline will have, it&rsquo;s now imperative that Government looks into the future of our green spaces.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The API&rsquo;s Nowhere to Play report uncovered an alarming decline in playground provision. Between 2014/15 and 2015/16 local authorities across England closed 214 children&rsquo;s playgrounds with plans to close a further 234.<br /> <br /> And the recent Heritage Lottery Fund report highlighted cuts to budgets for the running of parks, with 92% of park managers reporting cuts to their budgets over the past three years.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The downward trend in park and playground provision is happening fast and let&rsquo;s not forget that once a park has gone it&rsquo;s probably gone forever,&rdquo; adds Mark. &ldquo;To take away opportunities for children to play outside and be active - at the same time as we are trying to tackle childhood obesity - is counterproductive and it is children in deprived areas who are hit hardest. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Parks Action Group represents a welcome joined-up approach to safeguarding these spaces and is urgently needed. We now need a clear show of support for playgrounds and the benefits they bring to young people. We are repeating our call for a &pound;100 million investment to replace lost playgrounds and help re-instate children&rsquo;s access to free play and activity.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;------ END -------</p> <p><strong>EDITORS NOTES</strong><br /> A Freedom of Information Act request to all councils, carried out by the Association of Play Industries, revealed the following number of playground closures:</p> <ul> <li>2014/15: 112</li> <li>2015/16: 102</li> </ul> <p>The request also asked for future plans to close playgrounds and revealed the following number of playgrounds earmarked for closure:</p> <ul> <li>2016/17: 80</li> <li>2017/18: 103</li> <li>2018/19: 51 </li> </ul> <p>Figures for 2017/18 and 2018/19 do not include information from over a third of councils questioned as they had yet to make plans for this time. </p> <p>The full report &lsquo;Nowhere to Play&rsquo; is attached and available online here:<br /> <a href="http://www.api-play.org/news/nowhere2play-campaign">http://www.api-play.org/news/nowhere2play-campaign</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.api-play.org/news/nowhere2play-campaign"></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Key Contacts: </strong></p> <ul> <li><strong></strong>Mark Hardy, Chairman, Association of Play Industries M: 07933 686222</li> <li>Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive, Fields in Trust M: 07946 188371</li> <li>Juliet Le Breuilly, Rosehill Campaign M: 07866 583683</li> <li>Deborah Holt, Association Manager, Association of Play Industries M: 07969 533915</li> </ul> <p>The Association of Play Industries (API) <a href="http://www.api-play.org">www.api-play.org</a> is the lead trade body within the play sector and campaigns at the highest levels for policy recognition for play. Its members are leading manufacturers, installers, designers and distributors of both outdoor and indoor play equipment and safety surfacing. Founded in 1984, the API currently has 64 members, representing 85% of the play industry.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/apiplay">@apiplay</a> #Nowhere2play</strong><br /> <br /> The API operates under the umbrella of the Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA), the national trade body responsible for representing 13 Associations in the UK&rsquo;s sport and play industries. <a href="http://www.sportsandplay.com ">www.sportsandplay.com </a> <br /> <br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/we-must-act-now-to-save-our-parks-playgrounds-and-green-spaces-says-association-of-play-industriesInclusive outdoor learning and play areahttp://www.api-play.org/inclusive-outdoor-learning-and-play-area<p>Sutcliffe Play has worked with Glenwood School on the development of a &pound;250,000 inclusive outdoor learning and play area.<br /> <br /> The school has recently been rebuilt by Essex County Council on land adjacent to its previous site. The school reopened in September 2017 and as part of the new build project the school wanted to include an outdoor space that could be used for both learning and play. </p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 "><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Sutcliffe%20Play%20-%20Glenwood%202-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Sutcliffe%20Play%20-%20Glenwood%201-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> Glenwood is a Community Special School for learners aged 3-19 with severe, profound or multiple learning difficulties. This includes learners with autistic spectrum condition and those with complex physical and sensory impairments. The school is committed to creating a happy and positive environment for pupils and staff, with the new playground forming an integral part of their strategy. It was important that the playground wasn&rsquo;t just about the equipment; it needed to be an outdoor learning space that would engage pupils across four key areas:<br /> <br /> 1) Sensory Garden<br /> 2) Balance &amp; Coordination Area<br /> 3) Outdoor Classroom<br /> 4) Inclusive Physical Development Area<br /> <br /> Inclusivity is at the heart of all of Sutcliffe Play&rsquo;s proposals and our design team has created an outdoor space for Glenwood School that creates endless opportunities for both learnings and play. The four areas have created clear zones for pupils to engage in different activities:<br /> <br /> <strong>Sensory Garden</strong><br /> This area uses equipment and materials to create a natural playground. Pathways and tunnels are created with wooden equipment, bamboo and planters. We&rsquo;ve also introduced pieces that create opportunities that will help to develop and engage sound and vision. A hammock and table and chairs provide settings to develop social skills.<br /> <br /> <strong>Balance &amp; Coordination Area</strong><br /> This area features equipment from Sutcliffe Play&rsquo;s Orchard range. The wooden, environmentally friendly range complements the Sensory Garden with sleeper benches and activity trails to help develop balance. This area also includes an inclusive nest swing that is designed like a bird&rsquo;s next to allow children of differing abilities to swing together.<br /> <br /> <strong>Outdoor Classroom</strong><br /> A gazebo has been installed to create an outdoor learning environment with a chalkboard, benches and tables accessible for wheelchairs.<br /> <br /> <strong>Inclusive Physical Development Area</strong><br /> This area is packed with some of Sutcliffe Play&rsquo;s newest and most innovative equipment. This includes two multi-play units featuring a wide range of different play options, access points and levels of challenge:</p> <ul> <li>The first, a large bespoke unit offers double wheel chair access ramps with turning and passing points whilst incorporating play elements along the route. Drag ramps, wide non-slip access steps and double width access cargo nets ensure that users of all abilities can access the 1.2 high large seating central play house and slide. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>The second, the Daffodil Climber from the Toddlerzone Plus range features gentle waving panels to reflect a natural theme. <br /> <br /> We&rsquo;ve also installed our inclusive wheelchair roundabout that allows those in a wheelchair to experience spinning, just as if they were on a traditional roundabout.</li> </ul> <p>Judith Salter, head teacher at Glenwood School says:<em> &ldquo;Outdoor space forms a really important part of the learning opportunities and leisure time for the young people attending Glenwood. We aim to provide the best possible education for all learners to prepare them for everything they can achieve in life. The new playground will help us to achieve these goals and will have a long-lasting positive impact on the school.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Learn more about Sutcliffe Play visit: <a href="http://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk ">www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 09 October 2017</p>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/inclusive-outdoor-learning-and-play-areaNew Playground Pirate Ship Scores Highly with Young Footballershttp://www.api-play.org/new-playground-pirate-ship-scores-highly-with-young-footballers<p>A NEW pirate ship playground at a refurbished Sale pub has scored highly with a team of young footballers.<br /> <br /> Members of Brooklands Dragons JFC had a ball when they helped unveil the &pound;12,000 pirate ship-style play area at Jackson&rsquo;s Boat Pub which was designed, manufactured and installed by family firm Creative Play.</p> <p> </p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Brooklyn-3%20(1280x849)-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Brooklyn-15%20(1280x855)-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Brooklyn-22%20(1280x819)-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> </p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Brooklyn-5%20(1280x854)-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Brooklyn-24%20(1280x836)-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Brooklyn-19%20(1280x855)-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> Pub manager Dionne Blackshaw invited the footie-mad youngsters from the Lazio U12 side for Brooklands Dragons for the official unveiling after she recently pledged her support to the junior club by giving them free access of the pub&rsquo;s adjoining playing field.<br /> <br /> The pitch has also been given a facelift as part of the refurbishment at the pub which is based in woodland on the banks of the River Mersey.<br /> <br /> Dionne said: <em>&ldquo;The pirate boat is really lovely, we are delighted with it and the new play area has really been the icing on the cake for the refurbishment. It provides a fantastic, safe place for children to play while their parents can sit outside enjoying a drink and food.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have also restored our nearby football pitch, bringing it back to its former glory and have agreed that the Brooklands Dragons, a terrific local, community football team, can use it.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;What&rsquo;s great is that they will also have this fantastic new playground to make the most of and so they seemed the ideal special guests for our official unveiling.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;We are delighted with Creative Play, they have been brilliant. They provide a great service and nothing is too much trouble for them.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> The centre piece for the new play area is a Quartermaster pirate boat, featuring a deck slide, ship&rsquo;s wheel, gang plank and a net climber. The equipment is designed to encourage physical and imaginative play over multiple levels.<br /> <br /> Creative Play&rsquo;s Sales Manager Tim Broster, who worked closely with Dionne Blackshaw, Jackson&rsquo;s Boat&rsquo;s manager on the project, said: <em>&ldquo;Our client knew they wanted a boat-themed play area and we worked closely with them to ensure the design and resulting equipment was perfectly tailored to their needs.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;The result looks terrific and I&rsquo;ll be visiting soon with my four-year-old daughter Poppy who likes to try our play areas.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Brooklands Dragons coach Mick Higgins said: <em>&ldquo;The new play equipment is terrific, very impressive. The nearby football pitch has also been refurbished and we are delighted to be able to use it as a team.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;During training sessions and matches we often have players who are substituted. Previously they would just have run up and down to keep active and warm but now they&rsquo;ll be able to be occupied and keep fit using the play equipment.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Young Brooklands Dragons player Ryan Hill, 11, who is part of the Lazio side who have been the champions of South Manchester for two seasons, said: <em>&ldquo;It is really fun and is a very good play area,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;ll help to attract the younger children and I particularly like the climbing net on the side which you have to scramble up.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Parents of players can eat their Sunday lunch, watch their children play and watch the matches we are playing, it&rsquo;s ideal really.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Each Creative Play playground is designed to suit the client&rsquo;s specifications, depending on their budget and location.<br /> <br /> All of Creative Play&rsquo;s equipment is designed and manufactured in Chester by the company&rsquo;s in house teams, who use state of the art equipment and each specialise in timber, plastic or metal. <br /> <br /> Creative Play&rsquo;s own teams install all of the equipment and surfacing to meet the requirements of the client and their own rigorous quality standards.<br /> <br /> For more information visit: <a href="https://creativeplayuk.com/">www.creativeplayuk.com </a>or call 01244 375627. Facebook and Twitter @CreativePlayUK<br /> <br /> For more information about Brooklands Dragons please go to <a href="http://www.brooklandsdragonsjfc.org.uk/">www.brooklandsdragonsjfc.co.uk</a> or for Jackson&rsquo;s Boat pub go to <a href="http://www.jacksonsboatsale.co.uk/">www.jacksonboatsale.co.uk</a>&nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.jacksonboatsale.co.uk "></a><strong>Date:</strong> 03 October 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/new-playground-pirate-ship-scores-highly-with-young-footballers