API Latest Newshttp://www.api-play.orgAPI Latest NewsTue, 28 Mar 2017 06:16:27 GMTeibe Supports Good Causehttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-supports-good-cause<p>The Bexleigh, Hythe and Abbey Residents Association (BHA) has worked day and night to help fund the Bexhill Road Play Area as a fitting tribute to the memory of the Secretary&rsquo;s daughter.</p> <p > <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 "><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibe-Brexhill-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibe-Bexhill%20(3)-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> &ldquo;Sophie&rsquo;s Place&rdquo; officially opened on February 25th 2017 and is a joyous playspace that will bring happiness to local children for many years to come. Working in conjunction with Laura Beerling and Clive Read at Hastings Borough Council, the eibe team were delighted to assist in completing the journey that began some four years earlier.<br /> <br /> The &pound;57,000 scheme is packed with exciting play equipment and is easily found opposite the Wyevale Garden Centre in St Leonards, East Sussex. The play area features a paradiso Ema Climbing Tree, some Sand Play items, a Mound Slide, as well as Toddler Swings and Nest Swings.<br /> <br /> Learn more about eibe Play visit: &nbsp;at <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>17 March 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-supports-good-causePlayforce becomes an Official Partner of The Challenger Trusthttp://www.api-play.org/playforce-becomes-an-official-partner-of-the-challenger-trust<p>Playforce, creators of outstanding outdoor spaces, have announced a new long term partnership with The Challenger Trust, which supports schools to help young people to fulfill their true potential.<br /> <br /> The Challenger Trust supports schools to help young people to fulfill their true potential. They believe that a comprehensive programme of character development will typically include a blend of outdoor education, role model presentations, pupil to pupil supervision, curriculum trips, cultural tours, sports fixtures, enterprise training, careers talks, music camps and personal development expeditions overseas.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Playforce-ChallengePlus_MG_7891-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Playforce-ChallengePlus_DSC_2347-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Playforce-ChallengerPlus_MG_5668-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> Playforce was one of the first to offer a complete, consultative approach to developing tailored outdoor spaces for the education sector. By taking the time to meet each customer and understand their needs, they ensure that every project delivers the very best outcomes for a school, nursery or group of settings. As part of the award-winning TCL Group, Playforce also offer a range of other outdoor services, including landscaping and grounds maintenance, meaning they are now uniquely positioned to provide a &lsquo;one-stop-shop&rsquo; for everything outdoors, not only within the education sector, but also in the leisure and local government sectors. <br /> <br /> On 8th March, 2017, The Challenger Trust will present new research from Relational Schools, a research consultancy group, examining the link between character development and academic attainment, where the partnership will be formally announced. Within the partnership, which was brokered by sponsorship agency, Bastion Connect, Playforce&rsquo;s support enables further research to be undertaken, and gives them an opportunity to share their work with relevant bodies, as well as the sharing of co-created content and success stories. <br /> <br /> Mark Wood, Managing Director for Playforce, commented; <em>&ldquo;Playforce has always championed the benefits of outdoor education alongside other activities to help children develop a variety of essential life skills, and so we are delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside the Challenger Trust and help children across the UK fulfill their potential.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Charlie Rigby, Founder &amp; Chairman of the Challenger Trust, added; <em>&ldquo;This is an exciting time for the Challenger Trust as we work towards building our capacity to improve the social mobility of many more young people around the UK, and we thank the directors of Playforce for supporting The Challenger Trust vision and helping us achieve our aim.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Learn more about Playforce visit:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.playforce.co.uk/home">www.playforce.co.uk</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 09 March 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/playforce-becomes-an-official-partner-of-the-challenger-trustAliens Have Landed!http://www.api-play.org/aliens-have-landed<p>Sutcliffe Play, a leading designer and manufacturer of children&rsquo;s playground equipment has launched Aliens, an oversized, loose parts play system that is ideally suited to early years settings.<br /> <img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Sutcliffe%20Play%20-%20Aliens%202-web.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 2px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /><br /> The colourful kit comprises five pieces of equipment that provide an endless combination of play opportunities, and the flexible nature of Aliens makes it perfect for both indoor and outdoor play.<br /> <br /> Andy Love at Sutcliffe Play says: &ldquo;Play is an integral part of child&rsquo;s physical, emotional and social development and Aliens can play an important role in this as the kit actively encourages children&rsquo;s imagination and creativity. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It can also have a really positive impact on social interaction and negotiation skills. Aliens requires collaboration between children to construct their own play setting, before they take it all apart and start over again creating their next play world.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Aliens features:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong></strong>COG Creates pathways or can be linked to other elements using noodles, ideal for <br /> using as a building block</li> <li>NOODLES Can be used for connecting and building. Noodles are a complimentary, <br /> consumable item with every full kit. Further noodles can be purchased as required. </li> <li>ALIEN Unusally shaped pad that can interlinked to allows children to create playful <br /> pathways, walls or islands.</li> <li>PLUG A compact interconnecting pad that adds height, and can be used on it&rsquo;s own or <br /> together with other elements of the kit</li> <li>SPIDER CENTRE A versatile sculptural element that can be used to create shapes, dens or safe havens with the noodles by plugging them into other elements </li> </ul> <p>Andy concludes: <em>&ldquo;Feedback we&rsquo;ve had from both children and adults has already been fantastic. They love the ability to create their own, and different, play spaces over and over again. Quite simply, Aliens is out of this world!&rdquo; </em> <br /> <br /> The kit is manufactured from a UV stable, polyurethane coated form and a full kit costs &pound;1995.<br /> <br /> To find out more call 01977 653 200 or visit <a href="http://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk">www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk"></a><strong>Date:</strong> 02 March 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/aliens-have-landedPlay The World with our brand new Big City Plus range!http://www.api-play.org/play-the-world-with-our-brand-new-big-city-plus-range<p>Welcome to the city&hellip;the remodelled, refreshed &amp; renewed Big City Plus range of stainless steel modular tower units. This brand new range completely replaces the previous Big City range. Play has been taken to astonishing new heights and each unit is jam-packed with exciting new features. With more modules than ever before these units are guaranteed to become playground favourites.<br /> Dynamic, curved shaping throughout the range provides a totally new play experience.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Playdale-ramp%20access-all%20green-park-loosefill-03-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Playdale-mexico%20city%20plus-blue%20orange-plastic%20slide-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Pladale-ramp%20access%20spin%20ball%20panel-all%20green-park-loosefill-01-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> <strong>NEW</strong> heights - a 2.8m high tower module! <br /> <br /> <strong>BIG </strong>fun for all - with a host of new play features including; electronic interactive play panels, spiders&rsquo; webs, spinners, under bridge trapeze handles, sensory panels, wheelchair accessible platforms, accessible tube slides and many more! <br /> <br /> <strong>NEW</strong> colour combinations - dark blue &amp; orange, purple &amp; yellow and all green. BIG guarantees - 25 year guarantee on all structural stainless steel.<br /> <br /> <strong>NEW </strong>slides - colourful plastic slides as standard (stainless steel slides are optional). <br /> <br /> <strong>BIG</strong> maintenance savings - all units are paint free &amp; require minimal ongoing maintenance. <br /> <br /> Around the world in 18 plays...from Lillehammer to Los Angeles! There are 18 newly designed tower units to choose from, to suit all needs &amp; budgets, including three fully inclusive units which have been developed &amp; created in collaboration with The Bendrigg Trust; a local organisation of experts who provide outdoor adventures for disabled &amp; disadvantaged people. <br /> <br /> <strong>Inclusive Design</strong><br /> Within the new Big City Plus range we have designed and developed three inclusive units with brand new features and systems that have never been seen before on Playdale equipment. These units<br /> were designed in collaboration with The Bendrigg Trust; a leading charity that provides a wide range<br /> of adventure activities for disabled and disadvantaged people and an organisation that Playdale staff voted to support throughout 2017.<br /> <br /> Each unit has a variety of access points, to cater for a wide range of abilities and also to ensure there are ample exit points when needed. The overall flow, design and fully inclusive detail throughout means that users can complete and enjoy the full course of the unit from beginning to end, whilst being as independent as possible. This is made possible with the new transfer platforms to use the slides and additional handles at every turn.<br /> <br /> A plastic tube slide on each unit provides light/dark sensory stimulation and aids independence. The bump panels on all the ramp floors give an exciting sensory experience whether in a wheelchair or on foot. There are sensory coloured polycarbonate panels along the side of the ramps, and the<br /> new tactile play panels stimulate touch, feel and sound sensory experiences. The Mexico City and Beijing units offer &lsquo;Parallel Play&rsquo; experiences were children of all abilities can play together and &lsquo;race&rsquo; across the units using the ramp access net. All the units&rsquo; satellite platforms are sized to give space to turn and also to park wheelchairs, so users can comfortably enjoy the many play panels. <br /> <br /> <strong>Paul Mallinson, Playdale&rsquo;s Technical and Operations Director</strong>, is delighted with the new range, saying: <em>&ldquo;We are really pleased with the new designs and believe that they will be a huge success worldwide. Through the use of proven, high quality and durable materials combined with our latest design philosophies we have created a modern, stylish range with sleek, elegant lines. Packed with masses of play value these units provide some fantastic new activities at low and high level which children can enjoy in a safe yet exhilarating way along with all the added benefits of being manufactured from virtually maintenance free materials. We&rsquo;re delighted with the final result and can&rsquo;t wait to see children enjoying the new equipment.&rdquo; </em><br /> <br /> Take a closer look at all of our <a href="https://www.playdale.co.uk/playground/junior-play/big-city-plus.html"><strong>new products</strong> </a>or <a href="https://www.playdale.co.uk/request-a-catalogue/?gclid=CJzzoaaizsgCFQmNGwodukAJ9g"><strong>request a copy </strong></a>of our latest catalogue today.</p> <p>Learn more about Playdale Playgrounds visit <a href="http://www.playdale.co.uk ">www.playdale.co.uk&nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.playdale.co.uk "></a><strong>Date:</strong> 01 March 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/play-the-world-with-our-brand-new-big-city-plus-rangePlay industry calls on Minister to protect our parks http://www.api-play.org/play-industry-calls-on-minister-to-protect-our-parks<p><strong><br /> </strong><img alt="" src="http://www.api-play.org/upload/public/api-logo.gif" style="float: right;" /><strong><br /> </strong></p> <p><strong>PRESS RELEASE &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> 15 February 2017<br /> <br /> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Association of Play Industries is calling on the Communities Minister to ensure the future of the UK&rsquo;s parks and green spaces by recognising their vital contribution to the nation&rsquo;s health and wellbeing.<br /> <br /> API Chair Mark Hardy says: &ldquo;The <a href="https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmcomloc/45/45.pdf"><strong>Public Parks Report</strong></a> published this week, which warns that parks are at tipping point due to lack of funding and investment, is an opportunity to re-prioritise the crucial role that our parks and green spaces play.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m encouraged that the Communities and Local Government Committee, &nbsp;values the environmental contribution of parks and their positive impact on the mental and physical health of the communities they serve. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;As advocates for the importance of children&rsquo;s play, particularly in the midst of an obesity epidemic, we know that parks have a pivotal role in combatting children&rsquo;s sedentary lifestyles. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Evidence shows that children are more active if they have access to outdoor play facilities. Investment in parks and public play facilities should be a government priority, particularly for deprived communities, where obesity rates are highest.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We know that there are pressures on land for housing and commercial development so it&rsquo;s essential that local authorities are supported in protecting their green spaces. We welcome this report as a timely reminder of the vital and perhaps undervalued role that parks play in all our lives.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Prioritising our green spaces will help alleviate wider societal problems such as social exclusion, mental health and anti-social behavior. Parks are treasured community assets, worthy of protection and should be well-represented in the Government&rsquo;s 25-year Environment Plan and other policy areas. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I hope this will provide a strong incentive for the Minister to ensure that local authorities work with Health and Wellbeing Boards to publish and report progress on park and green space strategies.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">You can read the API&rsquo;s submission to the Public Parks Inquiry online <a href="http://www.api-play.org/parks-are-vital-hubs-for-physical-activity-and-deserve-protection-say-play-industries"><strong>here</strong></a><strong>.</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>------Ends-----</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">API Media Contact: Julie Parmenter, Elephant Creative, T: 01981 251820 / 07775 715936 <br /> e: <a href="mailto:julie@elephantcreative.co.uk ">julie@elephantcreative.co.uk </a>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><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 <a href="https://twitter.com/apiplay">Twitter: @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 14 Associations in the UK&rsquo;s sport and play industries. <a href="http://www.sportsandplay.com ">www.sportsandplay.com &nbsp;</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/play-industry-calls-on-minister-to-protect-our-parksSnug creates endless ways to play in Belgium Schoolhttp://www.api-play.org/snug-creates-endless-ways-to-play-in-belgium-school<p>Sutcliffe Play has worked with their Belgium distributor, Maton Sports to introduce the new-look Snug Evolution loose parts playground kit into a school in Stree.<br /> <br /> Saint Louis School is home to nursery and primary ages children who have both been given the opportunity to engage with the colourful large scale, flexible play system at playtimes and as part of lessons.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 "><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Sutcliffe%20Play-SaintLouisSchool-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-Saint%20Louis%20School2-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> Snug Evolution is designed to encourage social interaction, co-operation and problem solving and has been very well received by pupils and teachers. <br /> <br /> Mrs Plumier, the Headmistress from Saint Louis School says: <em>&ldquo;Snug Evolution has had a very positive impact on our pupils. It allows them to imagine, create, cooperate, organise and had further developed their skills and competencies in relation to Maths, French and physical development.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It has been interesting to see the different phases children went through when we first introduced the kit. Some children were straightaway absorbed into imaginative and creative ways to play with the kit. Other children decided to watch for a while but very quickly involved themselves in play with their fellow pupils.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> The kit comprises 10 inter-related shapes which can be moved, joined and arranged by children to create new environments for play every time it&rsquo;s used. <br /> <br /> She adds: <em>&ldquo;It seems there are endless ways to play with the Snug Evolution. In the first two weeks alone, children created multiple play settings including huts, slides, circuits, houses, castles, rally cars and even a swimming pool!&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Working with Snug &amp; Outdoor, the original designer of the playground equipment, Sutcliffe Play recently relaunched the kit as Snug Evolution with a new name, colour scheme and piece of equipment.<br /> <br /> The kit has played an important role in schools as part of Physical Literacy from foundation to key stage 2 to stimulate natural exercise and embodies fundamental movement skills.<br /> <br /> Mrs Plumier concludes: <em>&ldquo;Snug Evolution was a great addition to our school. It allows children to develop a multitude of skills as they never tire of using the kit. For teachers it is a very useful multi-disciplinary teaching tool.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> To find out more about Snug Evolution call 01977 653 200 or visit <a href="http://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk">www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>Date: </strong>14 February 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/snug-creates-endless-ways-to-play-in-belgium-schoolWicksteed Transforms Outdoor Play Across Maidstone!http://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-transforms-outdoor-play-across-maidstone<p>Leading outdoor play and fitness experts, Wicksteed Playgrounds, has just completed phase 1 of a huge project to design and install 33 play and recreation areas for Maidstone Council. The first phase of 12 sites has been completed and phase 2 has now begun in earnest. The proposed work across the range of sites includes the refurbishing and improvement of existing play equipment (where possible), the installation of a variety of Wicksteed&rsquo;s latest play products, visually appealing new safety surfacing, seating and picnic areas and dynamic and intuitive landscaping &ndash; ideal for individual expression.</p> <p><em> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 "><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-10_34697%20Iss3%20Maidstone%20BC%20-%20Mallards%20Way-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-10_34700%20Iss2%20Maidstone%20BC%20-%20Queen%20Elizabeth%20Park-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We are delighted to work with Maidstone Council on this large project to transform some of its existing old play areas and create new ones with our proven design expertise. The majority of play areas will cater for all ages and abilities and will make a real difference to the local communities they will serve. As well as play equipment, several sites will also include our award winning outdoor gym range &ndash; the FLZ. The project is on track to be completed by autumn 2017,</em>&rdquo; says Stuart Wetherell, Sales Director at Wicksteed. <br /> <br /> Two of the larger sites at Mallards Way and Queen Elizabeth Park are the latest to have begun their transformation. Mallards Way will include a fun toddler area with the latest double toddler and junior swings. There will be a mix of timber and steel equipment, for all ages, as well as the &lsquo;Wicksteed Flyer&rsquo; play train, Cobra See-saw and a large timber and rope Galaxy Space Frame. The Queen Elizabeth Park site will feature a large &lsquo;Gaheris Castle&rsquo; multi-play unit with turrets to climb and a long slide to escape invaders! The play area will also include Wicksteed&rsquo;s popular Zig-Zag Twisters and a fun Longboard for those with good balancing skills! <br /> <br /> Wicksteed don&rsquo;t just install pieces of play equipment in a designated area, but a great deal of planning and local consultation goes into the design of each site to ensure it offers optimum play opportunities within each allotted space. This ensures our play areas provide a place where families, children and young people can have fun all year round. The team of designers at Wicksteed understand the psychology of play and use this, combined with a comprehensive knowledge of the existing surroundings of a site, to determine the right approach to the equipment and landscaping which is best suited. <br /> <br /> For a free consultation from the team at Wicksteed, call 01536 517028 or visit <a href="http://www.wicksteed.co.uk">www.wicksteed.co.uk</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.wicksteed.co.uk"></a><strong>Date: </strong>13 February 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-transforms-outdoor-play-across-maidstoneeibe: Harrow from the Other Sidehttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-harrow-from-the-other-side<p><em>"We are repeat customers as eibe&rsquo;s equipment offers age appropriate and safe opportunities for the children to take safe risks. They benefit from developing their physical skills, negotiating skills and social development."&nbsp;</em>Emily Stoker, Nursery Manager<br /> <img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibe-Harrow-web.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded pull-right" /><br /> Another Bright Little Stars project was completed prior to Christmas &ndash; the third installation we have undertaken for the expanding nursery chain. Following schemes at Watford and Mill Hill, the Harrow branch is the latest to work with eibe in order to &lsquo;brighten&rsquo; up their playground with suitably colourful equipment that encourages toddlers to be outside, play, learn and socialise.<br /> <br /> The ethos at Bright Little Stars is one we completely embrace at eibe Play. Every day at the forward-thinking nursery is an adventure, packed with plenty of fun combined with their unique learning programme and an exciting range of extra-curricular activities as part of the all-inclusive approach.<br /> <br /> The brand new minimondo Salvia unit, costing around &pound;9,000, will enhance the school grounds and give hours of entertainment to the children.<br /> <br /> Learn more about eibe Play visit: &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> 02 February 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-harrow-from-the-other-sideNew Appointment For Sutcliffe Playhttp://www.api-play.org/sutcliffe-play-appoints-new-team-member<p>The UK&rsquo;s only employee-owned playground manufacturer Sutcliffe Play has made a new appointment to its business development team.<br /> <img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Sutcliffe%20Play%20-%20SimonSharp-web.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 467px; margin-left: 10px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded pull-right" /><br /> Simon Sharp joins the company as an interim Area Sales Manager to cover maternity leave. Simon&rsquo;s role will then evolve into a Business Development Manager and focus on identifying new opportunities for Sutcliffe Play.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The fact Sutcliffe Play is Employee-Owned was a great motivator to join the company&rdquo;, says Simon. <em>&ldquo;My expectation of the business being a positive, customer focussed company which cares about its employees and customers was realised in my first week.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Simon is looking forward to developing his role at Sutcliffe Play: <em>&ldquo;I really enjoy seeing projects through from inception to completion, and providing excellent customer service whilst ensuring that the local community is happy, is at the core of everything I do.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m passionate about encouraging active healthy lifestyles and as I love the outdoors there&rsquo;s nothing better than seeing youngsters and adults alike embracing their surroundings. Anything we can do to promote a balanced lifestyle away from technology is a massive bonus, and if we can promote a sense of adventure and learning through play, then all the better.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Andy Love, sales director at Sutcliffe Play comments: <em>&ldquo;Simon has over 15 years&rsquo; experience in sales and buying, including in the play industry, where he has worked across all sectors including Local Authorities, Leisure Attractions, Pub Groups and Specifiers. His knowledge and understanding means he has hit the ground running, we&rsquo;re looking forward to seeing the results!&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em></em>Learn more about Sutcliffe Play visit: <a href="http://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk ">www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk&nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk "></a><strong>Date:</strong> 30 January 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/sutcliffe-play-appoints-new-team-memberWicksteed wows Welsh Water!http://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-wows-welsh-water<p>A play area situated right in front of a huge dam is an awesome sight and a terrific place to keep active for hours, expending energy on challenging, tactile and adventurous equipment whilst also having fun! This site, located at Elan Valley Visitor Centre and operated by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is play provision at its most inspirational. Wicksteed won this fantastic contract for Welsh Water &ndash; as part of a 4 site project which also includes play areas in Llys Y Fran, Llyn Brenig and Llandegfedd. The four sites &ndash; each of which total in the region of &pound;75k &ndash; were completed in stages and Elan Valley was the first to be installed.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-Bouldering%20Wall%20at%20Elan%20Valley-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-Hillary%20Unit%20Welsh%20Water%20Elan%20Valley-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-at%20Elan%20Valley%20Welsh%20Water-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> The Elan Valley Visitor Centre is set in a wonderful location against a pretty spectacular backdrop of a Victorian stone dam and has been awarded a &lsquo;Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge as a provider of high quality teaching and learning experiences in a safe outdoor environment. <br /> <br /> Wicksteed&rsquo;s imaginative and supremely apt design proposal and the powerful way in which it was presented, impressed the discerning members of the panel. Most of the inspiration for the timber-led scheme came from the surroundings which provide the perfect framework for some thrilling, multi-play products that offer plenty of opportunities for spinning, sliding, swinging and climbing activities to be pursued.<br /> <br /> Entering through the hand-carved timber entrance play area reveals a special, bespoke Dam Climbing Wall &ndash; from the top of which the dam can be spotted. A huge Hillary unit, complete with Monkey Bars, Steel Slide and multiple climbing and traversing features provides loads of challenging, physical fun. A natural Agility Trail with playful Mounds, Balance Beams and Log Posts is another great feature. The Scramble Net Climber and Log Swings offer more adventurous play and the carved timber Totem Pole and Toadstool seats provide charming additions to this bold and enticing water-side adventure zone.<br /> <br /> Whether the visitor is whizzing along on the 30m timber Cableway in the shadow of the dam, clambering up the bespoke Bouldering Wall or tackling any of the multi-faceted elements built in to the sturdy structures, there is something for everyone here and it all represents great play value.<br /> <br /> Learn more about Wicksteed Playgrounds visit: <a href="http://www.wicksteed.co.uk ">www.wicksteed.co.uk&nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.wicksteed.co.uk "></a><strong>Date:</strong> 27 January 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-wows-welsh-water