API Latest Newshttp://www.api-play.orgAPI Latest NewsFri, 21 Jul 2017 02:31:27 GMTPrimary school pupils celebrate new playground they designed themselveshttp://www.api-play.org/primary-school-pupils-celebrate-new-playground-they-designed-themselves<p>An enterprising group of pupils who persuaded their Oldham primary school to provide better outdoor play facilities are celebrating a new playground.<br /> <br /> The youngsters, members of the school council at Fir Bank Primary School in Royton, helped to transform the school&rsquo;s play area after appealing for an improved outdoor space for key stage two pupils.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-21%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-2%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-19%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> </p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-16%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-5%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-20%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> Headteacher Hazel MacKay took their ideas on board and the new playground, designed, built and manufactured by family firm Creative Play, has been unveiled.<br /> <br /> With features including a &lsquo;watch tower&rsquo;, fireman&rsquo;s pole, and climbing wall, the new play area is proving so popular that teachers are currently in the process of timetabling break times to accommodate the pupils at different times. <br /> <br /> The new facility is also encouraging the children to be more active, sociable and better able to concentrate when they return to lessons. <br /> <em><br /> &ldquo;Children from our school council, who represent all our key stage two pupils, came to me and said they felt their outdoor facilities weren&rsquo;t as good as key stage one and could we look at improving them,&rdquo; said Mrs MacKay. &ldquo;I am keen to make a difference and thought it could be a very meaningful project for our school and surrounding community.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We asked companies to tender for the work and the children developed ideas of what they would like to be included. We asked three companies to pitch for the work, with the children being involved at every stage.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our pupils felt that Creative Play was the best in the way they interpreted their ideas so that&rsquo;s what we went with.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Creative Play&rsquo;s Design Director Tom Briggs who oversaw the project, said: <em>&ldquo;It was terrific working with the children and we took their ideas and incorporated them into the designs.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;We created large printed visuals to create impact for the children so they could display them in their classrooms. We&rsquo;ve since heard from Mrs MacKay that there is more co-operation, less arguing and more physical activity among the children and it&rsquo;s really satisfying to play a role in that.&rdquo;<br /> </em><br /> School council member Oliver Morgan, ten, is delighted with the new play facilities.<em> &ldquo;It is brilliant in every way. Everyone enjoys it and it gives us something fun to do at break time. It&rsquo;s also getting us active because before it was built, we&rsquo;d just walk around.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When we were designing it we really liked the idea of a watch tower because we can watch the football matches being played on the pitch nearby.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Oliver&rsquo;s classmate Eve Williams, ten, also a member of the school council, said: <em>&ldquo;Our new play area is very fun and everyone really seems to like it. Also, we all help each other with things like the fireman&rsquo;s pole which helps everyone to get along well.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Headteacher Mrs MacKay added: <em>&ldquo;Since the new play facilities were installed I&rsquo;ve noticed that there is less standing around as it encourages the children to be very active.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As well as enhancing their physical development, the new facility seems to have fostered a real spirit of co-operation as they help each other to tackle different sections, like the climbing wall and the fireman&rsquo;s pole. The children are encouraging each other and waiting their turn rather than pushing and shoving and it&rsquo;s lovely to see.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very proud of the children. They&rsquo;ve played such an important role in making this happen and it is a legacy for future generations.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> The school&rsquo;s new play area includes a four tower Jigsaw system, with a central higher tower to act as the &lsquo;watch tower&rsquo; overlooking the tarmac sports play area. The project also includes safety surfacing and boundary mesh fencing to help secure the area. <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="http://www.creativeplayuk.com">www.creativeplayuk.com</a> or call 01244 375627. Facebook and Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/CreativePlayUK">@CreativePlayUK</a></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/CreativePlayUK"></a><strong>Date:</strong> 20 July 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/primary-school-pupils-celebrate-new-playground-they-designed-themselveseibe in Oxford’s Treathttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-in-oxfords-treat<p>The amazing new destination play park at Abbey Meadows in Oxfordshire officially opened on Thursday June 15th. With the local Mayor in attendance to cut the proverbial red ribbon, local children rushed to sample the fantastic new equipment on offer. The playspace forms part of a major &pound;615,000 regeneration program to improve Abbey Meadow and help attract more visitors throughout the course of the year. It is designed around the Grand Abbey, which, in turn, is based on the famous Abingdon Abbey, originally built in the seventh century.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibeAbbey-468x263.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibeEmily%20Crean-468x263.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibeAbbey%20(2)-468x263.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> The bespoke playground features plenty of space for children to exercise and socialise, including climbing towers, wobbly bridges and climbing nets. Next to the Grand Abbey Climbing Unit, and mirroring the scene of the neighbouring River Thames, is the &lsquo;Abingdon Lock&rsquo; river scene, a sensory area and play garden, as well as an area for ball games, featuring lots of traditional play equipment and a thrilling zip wire. The sensory area and play garden is a great place for toddlers to explore, while the new pathway ensures the whole site is fully accessible for those with disabilities. There is plenty of inclusive equipment such as a broad slide, trampoline and roundabout.<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s not all brand new gear at Abbey Meadows though; it was decided to retain some of the original items and refurbish them. Equipment such as the much loved rocking horse, the favourite slide and some benches have survived and seamlessly integrated into the brand new areas. <br /> Work progressed quicker than expected following the original tender process in the autumn of 2016. Despite some interesting challenges for the installation team &ndash; the park was built on an old refuse site &ndash; the project was completed on time with support from specialist tree experts and environmental officers. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s incredible what gets excavated sometimes during a site survey or installation,&rdquo; commented Ben Neaves, eibe&rsquo;s project manager. <br /> <br /> Working in tandem with Ruth Cross, Leisure Development Officer, Corporate Strategy for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, the eibe team took great care and attention when uncovering anything untoward and ensured that all the safety surfacing could be laid safely on the regenerated ground.<br /> <br /> As part of the &pound;320,000 overhaul of Abbey Meadows, the recreation facility features attractive green areas and mounds, alongside several meandering paths weaving around the newly installed equipment. This gives the playspace not ease of accessibility, but also a cosmetically appealing landscape, full of vibrant colour and clever designs.<br /> <br /> You can see a whole array of great pictures from the Abbey Meadows Open Day, as well as all our other projects, on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/people/eibeplay/<br /> <br /> Certainly, if the feedback from four year old Emily Crean is anything to go by (see image), Abbey Meadows is going to be very bust this summer&hellip;<br /> <br /> Learn 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>07 July 2017</p>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-in-oxfords-treatWicksteed Kicks the Competition into Touch in Warrington!http://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-kicks-the-competition-into-touch-in-warrington<p>Wicksteed Playground has built a reputation for creating wonderfully bespoke play areas across the UK and can bring a community&rsquo;s history or significant local theme into the playground. One of the latest bespoke projects to be completed is in Brickfields Park in Warrington where a giant rugby ball shaped climbing Rockscape sits at the heart of the &pound;161k play area &ndash; children can challenge themselves to scramble over the giant rugby ball using moulded hand and foot holds which are positioned at different levels. The play scheme includes a 20m steel Cableway, Pendulum Swing, an Xtreme multi-play unit from the XS teens range and a Swirl inclusive roundabout!</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-Brickfield%20Park%20themed%20on%20Warrington%20Rugby%20Clubsm-web468x346.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-%20Brickfields%20Park-web468x347.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-Brickfields%20parksm-web468x347.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> The upgraded site also includes a new older children&rsquo;s play area, outdoor gym and fenced dog exercise area plus the replacement of equipment in the younger children&rsquo;s play zone. Both the rugby ball and surfacing use the Warrington Wolves blue and yellow club colours.<br /> <br /> Laura Stanley, Principal Project Manager at Warrington Council, said: <em>&ldquo;Rugby is at the heart of Warrington and Brickfields Park is just a stone&rsquo;s throw from the Warrington Wolves Stadium. Wicksteed Playgrounds provided us with an innovative, creative area for the community with a great rugby theme.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Our Rockscapes can be made into any shape and our design team can create a fantastic eye-catching addition to your local play area and are great fun to climb on!<br /> <br /> For more info or a free consultation contact the team at Wicksteed on 01536 517028 or visit:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wicksteed.co.uk">www.wicksteed.co.uk</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-kicks-the-competition-into-touch-in-warringtonPlaydale’s Managing Director honoured to receive MBE on Queen’s Birthday Listhttp://www.api-play.org/playdales-md-honoured-to-receive-mbe-on-queens-birthday-list<p>Playdale&rsquo;s Managing Director, Barry Leahey has been named on the Queen&rsquo;s Birthday List 2017 and will receive an MBE for services to UK Trade and Exports.<img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Barry%20Leahey%201-web.jpg" style="margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 3px; margin-left: 10px; width: 300px; height: 450px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded pull-right" /><br /> <br /> Barry began working for Playdale in 2004 as Sales and Marketing Director and progressed more recently to Managing Director in 2015. Barry has been the driving force behind Playdale&rsquo;s growth strategy and has successfully formed distribution agreements in 46 countries in less than 7 years.<br /> <br /> Playdale products can now be enjoyed by children right across the globe from Spain to Singapore.</p> <p>Playdale have won several awards in the last few years, including National SME Exporter of the Year in 2016. Speaking about receiving this award, Barry said <em>&ldquo;Receiving an MBE will be one of my greatest achievements and I could not have done it without the support of my team at Playdale and my family. When the UK market began to decline six years ago, I made it my mission to explore opportunities abroad and make Playdale a success globally. We still have a way to go but we have increased our export sales from &pound;0 in 2010 to over &pound;2m in 2017.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;I feel incredibly proud to receive this award and it makes all of the hours spent in airports and aeroplanes worth it!&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Learn more abour Playdale visit <a href="http://www.playdale.co.uk ">www.playdale.co.uk&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 04 July 2017</p>Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/playdales-md-honoured-to-receive-mbe-on-queens-birthday-list15 Years of Funhttp://www.api-play.org/15-years-of-fun<p>I am really pleased to announce the 15th year birthday celebration of Proludic Ltd. Established in the UK in 2002 &ndash; we have grown to become one of the biggest play and sports manufacturers in the UK. To give you some background on where we were in the UK back in 2002: Tony Blair was Prime Minister, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her diamond jubilee and Arsenal were still a force to be reckoned with in the football premiership. Times have definitely changed&hellip;</p> <p>Amongst all this Proludic Ltd was born as the UK subsidiary to Proludic: a French company based in Vouvray, established in 1988 and known for innovative and ground breaking play equipment products. </p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/image-gallery/15.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 393px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded center-block" /></p> <p>Since then there has been no turning back and the company has gone from strength to strength.</p> <ul> <li>Installing over 2000 play sites and 693 sport sites &ndash; improving community spaces</li> <li>Moving offices twice (Pump House to Play Hub) &ndash; due to continuous growth and development</li> <li>Having had over the years 115 employees &ndash; demonstrating our staff retention is excellent</li> </ul> <p>We even had a few firsts too for the UK play industry:</p> <ul> <li>Launching the first dynamic play and sport equipment range in 2005 which revolutionised the design of play equipment and gave birth to the Skysurf, Rodeoboard and Aeroskate products (amongst many others) </li> <li>Installing the 1st Playbuilder site in the UK in Higher Holway and the largest destination park worth over &pound;500,000 in Withy Grove </li> <li>The first company in the UK to use a hydraulic piston in their outdoor gym offer which allows users variable resistance on their work outs</li> </ul> <p>Rob Baker, Managing Director of Proludic Ltd comments:<br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our employees (past and present), clients, partners and the French head office for making the journey over this time so enjoyable and successful. It&rsquo;s fair to say the staff have had just as much fun working for Proludic as the children who play on our equipment. We are all big kids at heart!&rdquo; </em><br /> <br /> With that in mind we really had no choice but to honour this great event with a Robin Hood themed event at Rufford Country Park in Nottinghamshire, where the staff split into 5 teams and competed in 5 activities: archery, clay pigeon shooting, axe throwing (yikes), castle rebuilding and storm the castle game. A mixture of physical activity, skill and strategy &ndash; what could go wrong! A selection of some of our favourite photos from the day are below.</p>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/15-years-of-funCreative Play Team up with GEFCOhttp://www.api-play.org/creative-play-team-up-with-gefco<p>GEFCO, a global logistics company for manufacturers, regularly organize team building exercises and this year, rather than spending huge amounts of money on the usual activities, decided to do something memorable locally, that would leave a lasting memory.<br /> <br /> Therefore, they decided to assist a local school with their outdoor play development which would make a difference to the children attending the school by choosing something that would stimulate the imagination of the children, who have many challenges.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlaygefco%202-web.jpg" style="width: 600px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded center-block" /></p> <p>Following this GEFCO contacted Creative Play UK, one the UK's leading playground companies, to support them with this activity. GEFCO had already decided they wanted to provide a Pirate Ship to encourage role play for the school, all of which GEFCO were funding!<br /> <br /> GEFCO were attracted to the fact Creative Play UK manufacture all of their equipment, resulting in the company having the best amount of knowledge and assurance of high quality.<br /> <br /> Paul Gambino, Creative Play&rsquo;s Business Development Manager, had the responsibility of liaising with GEFCO to ensure all requirements were met, as this wasn&rsquo;t a usual enquiry. "As we provide an all-round service of design, manufacture and installation, I was certain we could assist GEFCO with their kind gesture to the school."</p> <p>Paul continued <em>"We provided GEFCO with a competitive price for our Captain ship with safety surfacing, which were extremely happy with our proposal. Creative Play UK worked closely during the installation process with the GEFCO team to ensure the equipment was installed to the safety standards required, and allowing them to work with our installation team during the team building exercise"</em></p> <p>Paul Gambino went on to say <em>"we had tight deadlines to meet, wanted to ensure these were all met to the clients satisfaction. It was a great experience working with all at Gefco and for such a great cause. It goes without saying that we were delighted to have been asked to provide our services&rsquo;. There were many other different projects going on within and around the play area, and Creative Play UK were extremely happy to have been invited to be a part of that process"</em><br /> <br /> Helen Grover, UK HR Director at GEFCO, had the following to say:<br /> "<em>This year rather than spend huge amounts of money on the usual team building events like building rafts or working out how to get from one side of a river to another using only a pole and a piece of paper, we wanted to do something lasting, memorable and exceptional. We had the idea of working with a local school who needed a new secondary play area. The school has some amazing pupils who have many challenges, and they wanted something that would stimulate their imagination."<br /> </em><br /> <em>"Our biggest challenge was finding a contractor who would be willing to work with us as we wanted to not only buy the equipment for the school but also build it. Many of the companies we spoke to didn&rsquo;t want to get involved and blocked us. However Creative Play were amazing. From beginning to end they bought into what we were trying to achieve, I only wish we have contacted them earlier. They gave us a really competitive price on the equipment but what I really liked was they also manufacturer the equipment which means they know everything about it. They only had 4 weeks to turn it all around, and they hadn&rsquo;t even seen the site. We had lots of challenges along the way with other contractors but Creative Play helped up remove all the blockers. They went over and above what we asked of them and on the team building event they helped all our staff and also on the extra projects we had in the play area. They are a great team to work with, we had fun and they became part of the team. Above all they were professional, delivered on time and were amazing with the school and children, working around breaks and reducing noise to a minimum, being flexible and even enjoying school dinners with us!<br /> <br /> Thank you so much to Creative Play UK, we look forward to doing more work with you in the future."<br /> </em></p> <p>Learn more about Creative Play UK view: <a href="http://www.creativeplayuk.com">www.creativeplayuk.com</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 22 May2017</p>Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/creative-play-team-up-with-gefcoeibe’s Lime Cordialhttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-lime-cordialBased in Sutton on the border of Greater London and Surrey, Limes College works with students and<img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibe-Limes%20(4)-web.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 223px; float: right; margin-top: 6px; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-left: 10px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /> families to overcome adversity in order to succeed. Supporting students so that they can achieve their potential, sometimes against all odds, this special educational establishment believes you have to 'Overcome to Become' a motto that stems from project work undertaken by Year 11s and a guest speaker.<br /> <br /> Building on such inspiration, eibe is delighted to unveil a new play scheme at the college featuring some outstanding equipment. The idea came as a result of a previous project in 2011 at the Amy Johnson Adventure Play Area. When the playground moved to the local school, the Head Teacher was disappointed to lose the products; when Limes College bought the building, they wanted the same, original equipment installed.<br /> <br /> So, at a cost of &pound;40,000, Limes College now showcases a Santa Maria Ship, an ibondo Rome play tower and a Pogo Hand Climbing Ladder. Working alongside Business Manager, Nigel Bennett, eibe has delivered a super mix of play products that will enhance the college&rsquo;s reputation and continue its ongoing care and support for children with behavioural issues.<br /> <br /> Learn more at <a href="http://www.eibe.co.uk">www.eibe.co.uk</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Date:</strong> 15 May 2017<br />Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-lime-cordialOutdoor Classroom Dayhttp://www.api-play.org/outdoor-classroom-day<p>So as you may already know Creative Play are currently giving 10% off a selected range of Outdoor Classrooms up until the upcoming Outdoor Classroom Day on Thursday 18th May.</p> <p><a href="https://creativeplayuk.com/grab-10-off-outdoor-classrooms-can-outdoor-classroom-day-coming/ ">https://creativeplayuk.com/grab-10-off-outdoor-classrooms-can-outdoor-classroom-day-coming/ </a><br /> <br /> <strong>BUT!!!!! That&rsquo;s not all&hellip;&hellip;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong></strong><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Outdoor%20Classroom%20Day-web.jpg" style="text-align: center;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Creative Play are giving one lucky school the chance to win one of our 5m Octavia Shelters worth &pound;7,987!<br /> <br /> The Octavia Shelters Complete includes seats, sides and flooring, perfect for taking those lessons outside! <br /> <br /> Entering is so simple, just follow the steps below:<br /> 1. Visit Creative Play&rsquo;s Facebook page:<a href=" https://www.facebook.com/CreativePlayUk/"> https://www.facebook.com/CreativePlayUk/</a><br /> 2. Share the Outdoor Classroom Day Competition post<br /> 3. Comment on the post with your School name<br /> 4. Like the Creative Play Facebook page! <br /> <br /> Could it be any easier&hellip;..<br /> Want to know the best part? You can enter as many times as you want!!!!!!!! Also, get the parents involved as they can enter too and win this great prize for their child&rsquo;s school!<br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t miss the chance to win one of the best prizes Creative Play have ever given away! <br /> <br /> The winner will be announced on the Facebook page on <strong>Thursday 18th May 2017.</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>*Terms &amp; Conditions* </strong><br /> Includes delivery and installation of product.<br /> You can only enter the competition through our Facebook post.<br /> Installation available to Schools only. This includes Academies, Specialist Schools etc.<br /> Grounds need to be flat and level for installation.<br /> Area Size Required: 6m x 6m<br /> Please ensure you complete all the steps stated above otherwise your entry will not be valid.<br /> Entries from UK Mainland only.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Date:</strong> 15 May 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/outdoor-classroom-dayProludic celebrate National Children’s Day in stylehttp://www.api-play.org/proludic-celebrate-national-childrens-day-in-style<p>National Children&rsquo;s Day UK (NCDUK) is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults.</p> <p>This year National Children&rsquo;s Day UK took place on Sunday 14th May and people can run any kind of big or small event that they want for the week up to and including the day. From small family get-togethers to local community events and talks &ndash; it&rsquo;s a great opportunity for people to raise awareness and support for projects they are running or things that they care about.<br /> <br /> The theme this year was topical given that inactivity levels among children in the UK is high. It&rsquo;s also recently come to light through the API&rsquo;s (Association of Play Industries) <a href="http://www.api-play.org/upload/public/Nowhere%20to%20Play/NowheretoPlayFinal.pdf">Nowhere2Play </a> campaign that hundreds of free and accessible play facilities across the UK (that offer children the chance to get out and be active) are closing, with the main reason being down to budget cuts.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Proludic-Rushcliffe26-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/PoludicRushcliffe-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/ProludicRushcliffe58-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> To celebrate this great day and our own local facilities;<a href="http://www.proludic.co.uk/"> Proludic, </a>leading play and sports manufacturer based in Nottinghamshire; took their families out to <a href="http://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/rushcliffecountrypark/">Rushcliffe Country Park</a> for a picnic and some much needed play time.<br /> <br /> Fortunately, the weather was booked as well and the day was a great success. It showed first-hand how important local facilities are and that they must continue to be used by all communities to force change.<br /> <br /> Rob Baker, Proludic Managing Director comments&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;It was great to see the wider Proludic family coming together to help raise awareness around the core values that the National Children&rsquo;s Day is championing. All of the staff at Proludic are extremely passionate about what we do and gatherings like this clearly showcase that this extends to their wider families. We all had a fun few hours, along with 300 plus other members of the general public, at a fantastic facility within a Country Park setting that we are delighted to have designed &amp; installed about six years ago; less than a mile from our new UK headquarters.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>It&rsquo;s just another reason why we are all so proud to work for a company that genuinely cares about what we do, where we can make a difference &amp; we deliver on that promise&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> For any more information on Proludic and the services they offer, please contact 0115 982 3980 or visit their website at <a href="http://www.proludioc.co.uk ">www.proludic.co.uk </a></p> <p><strong>Date: </strong>15 May 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/proludic-celebrate-national-childrens-day-in-styleMumsnet take up the #Nowhere2Play campaignhttp://www.api-play.org/mumsnet-take-up-the-nowhere2play-campaign<p><strong>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/upload/public/api-logo.gif" style="float: right;" /></strong></p> <p><strong>PRESS RELEASE &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> 11 May 2017&nbsp;</p> <p>Mumsnet, the website which campaigns on issues affecting parents, is today launching #Nowhere2Play as one of its <a href="https://www.mumsnet.com/campaigns/guest-campaigns-may-2017?utm_source=Twitter&amp;utm_medium=Tweet&amp;utm_campaign=thread%20guest%20campaign%20may"><strong>Guest Campaigns</strong></a><strong>.</strong><br /> <br /> Chair of the Association of Play Industries (API), Mark Hardy, says: "<em>We&rsquo;re delighted that Mumsnet, an organisation with massive reach and influence, is supporting <a href="http://www.api-play.org/news/nowhere2play-campaign"><strong>#Nowhere2Play.</strong></a><br /> <br /> "It&rsquo;s an issue which touches so many families. Across England, communities are being affected by the closure of local playgrounds. Without this campaign, they might have thought these closures were isolated when, in fact, play spaces are disappearing on a large scale.<br /> <br /> "Our research revealed that between 2014/15 and 2015/16 local authorities across England closed 214 children&rsquo;s playgrounds, with plans to close a further 234 &ndash; that&rsquo;s 448 places in which children can play that have disappeared in England alone. <br /> <br /> "We are in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic and study after study has shown that the provision of play spaces is essential to keep children active. Lack of physical activity is a root cause of childhood obesity, so the alarming decline in play provision in England is an issue that none of us can afford to ignore any longer."</em><br /> <br /> Mark goes on to highlight the inequality of children&rsquo;s access to play spaces. <em>"Many children don&rsquo;t have gardens in which to play and indeed, it&rsquo;s the most deprived communities that are hit hardest by these cuts. We also know that it is in precisely these areas that childhood obesity is most prevalent."</em><br /> <br /> There are implications too for children&rsquo;s mental well-being. &lsquo;One-fifth of children experience mental health difficulties and without access to play children can&rsquo;t develop the emotional, social and cognitive skills necessary for healthy development. More evidence emerges all the time about the positive association between physical activity, play and mental health.<br /> <br /> <em>"We hope that #Nowhere2Play will push play back up the political agenda. We want a clear and unequivocal show of support from government to reinvest in playgrounds to halt their decline and secure their future for generations to come.<br /> <br /> &lsquo;We are now asking for parents, families and communities to tell us about their local playground closures, so we can demonstrate the often profound effect these closures can have. If your playground has closed or has been earmarked for closure by your local authority, then please do get in touch with us."</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>------ End -----<br /> <br /> </strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">API Media Contact: Deborah Holt, Association Manager, 024 7641 4999 <a href="mailto:deborah.holt@api-play.org ">deborah.holt@api-play.org </a><br /> <br /> <strong>Notes to editors:</strong><br /> 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 of the, representing the interests of the manufacturers, installers, designers and distributors of both outdoor and indoor play equipment and safety surfacing. Founded in 1984 the API currently has 65 members. <br /> <br /> Follow us on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/apiplay">@apiplay </a><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&nbsp;</a></p>Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/mumsnet-take-up-the-nowhere2play-campaign