API Latest Newshttp://www.api-play.orgAPI Latest NewsSun, 18 Feb 2018 08:36:51 GMTCase Study - Sprouts Play Barn / Millets Farm, Oxfordshirehttp://www.api-play.org/case-study-sprouts-play-barn-millets-farm-oxfordshire-by-soft-brick<p>We're at the beginning of 2018 and we have lots of new and exciting Soft Brick builds to shout about, starting with one completed at the end of 2017; Millets Farm in Oxfordshire.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/SoftBrick-Millets-web.jpg" style="margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px; margin-left: 10px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded pull-right" />The team at Millets Farm got in touch with Soft Brick in order to design a bespoke proposal for an indoor soft play area that was "something quite different to the run-of-the-mill soft play". This initial brief went out to various UK based soft play manufacturers and we're proud to say Soft Brick were the selected manufacturer to see the project through to completion.<br /> <br /> As part of the tender like selection process, the design team at Soft Brick had produced an initial conceptual design based on a generic +10,000 sqft building. Upon being awarded the contract our team of designers got to work on the real thing - a purpose built building of a similar size, tall enough to incorporate a 4-tier soft play structure at around 8m in height. The new construction was to be a steel framed industrial style building requiring formal planning permission to achieve the D2 status - the requirement for indoor play. Included in the space was a mezzanine level, which provided a raised area for a sports court and freed up ground floor space for additional seating. The underside of the mezzanine level featured a kitchen / servery area to ensure that we could maximise the space for play.<br /> <br /> The existing facilities at Millets Farm include restaurant(s), cafe, falconry, large maize maze, farm shop, garden centre, trout lake, petting zoo, conference centre and woodland area (Phoebe Woods). With all those offerings already, it was decided that the play facility was to have its own dedicated car park area, with a new road being added to facilitate easier access.<br /> <br /> The team at Millets had mentioned a few key elements the final proposal was to include:<br /> <br /> High quality - first and foremost was quality, right down to the materials and manufacture in the construction, but also the play value of the features included in the design.<br /> <br /> <strong>Babies &amp; Toddlers</strong> - the research carried out by Millets highlighted the need for a large baby / toddler offering, with children 18 months and younger being a key age group for customers during the week.<br /> <br /> <strong>WOW features</strong> - the initial concept produced by our design team included some WOW features which really highlighted the uniqueness of the design (we'll talk about these later!). As desirable as these were, Millets were keen to cover the staples of most indoor soft play facilities; with the large open slides, the ball pools and the tube slides all getting special mention.<br /> <br /> <strong>Theme</strong> - the initial concept included a 'Farm' theme, but one specifically tailored to the features and facilities at Millets Farm. However, Millets were keen to take this even further and incorporate their own characters / branding. As part of the overall approach to the appearance of the building, a more realistic rather than cartoonist look was requested; a unique theme for a unique venue. Easily achievable by our theming team - the best artists in the biz!<br /> <br /> <strong>Education</strong> - an important element of the play is the level of detail beyond pure theming; including educational elements built into the design. Educational but most importantly FUN!<br /> <br /> <strong>Some of the areas included in the design are:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Main Soft Play Structure (5-10 year olds)</li> <li>Sports Court Area (5-10 year olds)</li> <li>Toddler &amp; Baby Area - Structure</li> <li>Role Play Area (3-6 year olds)</li> <li>Toddler Soft Play Area</li> </ul> <p>Soft Brick are happy to say we completed the build at Millets right on schedule and think it&rsquo;s one of our new favourite Farm themed builds! <br /> <br /> Everyone here at Soft Brick would like to wish the team at Millets / Sprouts Play Barn the very best of luck for the future! Be sure to check out the photos and stop by to check out the farm for yourself!<br /> <br /> Please visit <a href="http://milletsfarmcentre.com">http://milletsfarmcentre.com</a> for more information and <a href="https://www.softbrick.co.uk/blogs/case-studies/case-study-millets-farm-oxfordshire">https://www.softbrick.co.uk/blogs/case-studies/case-study-millets-farm-oxfordshire</a> to read the full case study. </p>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/case-study-sprouts-play-barn-millets-farm-oxfordshire-by-soft-brickRTC: Celebrating 25 Yearshttp://www.api-play.org/rtc-celebrating-25-years<p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/25%20Years%20Front%20Banner.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded center-block" /><br /> How time flies when you are having fun! This year we are celebrating 25 years in the play industry, and claiming our place as one of the oldest playground surfacing companies in the UK.</p> <p>And we couldn&rsquo;t be more excited!<br /> <br /> Established in 1993 our mission has always been to support communities in making the most of their outdoor space by helping children stay safe as they play. We firmly believe playgrounds are a vital part of childhood and bring a range of benefits for both the local community and individual child development.<br /> <br /> Since our beginnings we have actively sought ways in which to make play areas as fun as possible, pioneering the use of graphics within surfacing and training all of our teams in-house, to create bespoke designs for clients.<br /> <br /> We&rsquo;ve also gone out of our way to prove any space can be used for play! Past projects have seen us installing surfacing in playgrounds, shopping centres, and even roof tops. Our mission has seen us travel around the globe carrying out work in Scandinavia, Europe, Africa and even Equatorial Guinea.<br /> To mark our anniversary we will be taking the time to look back at how things have changed for us and the play industry, as well as speculating about what the future holds. Visit our website or find us on social media to keep up to date.<br /> <br /> We&rsquo;d also like to thank everyone who has supported us in the past, here&rsquo;s to the next 25 years!</p> <h6>#RTC25Years</h6> <p>Learn more about RTC Safety Surfaces visit:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rtcsafety.co.uk/"> www.rtcsafety.co.uk&nbsp;</a><br /> <br /> </p>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/rtc-celebrating-25-yearsWicksteed Playgrounds Celebrates its 100th Year!http://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-playgrounds-celebrates-its-100th-year<p>In a year when we remember 100 years since the end of WW1, iconic children&rsquo;s playground designer &amp; manufacturer, Wicksteed Playgrounds, will also be celebrating reaching the incredible milestone of 100 years of providing fun and entertainment for generations of children past, present and future!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Giant%20Sqaure-web.jpg" style="float: right; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px; margin-left: 10px; width: 350px; height: 314px;" />Its founder, Charles Wicksteed died in 1931 but his firm is going strong, and in 2018 will be celebrating its centenary of furnishing a nation with play opportunities. Bullish in his pursuit of success, Charles would be pleased to see Wicksteed as still one of the UK&rsquo;s leading manufacturers of children&rsquo;s outdoor play and sports equipment, exporting far and wide, and still pushing the latest technologies to create play equipment that entices a new generation of children into the outdoors. <br /> <br /> In 1876 Charles Wicksteed (1847-1931) founded an engineering company in Kettering, Charles Wicksteed and Company, which prospered such that Wicksteed became a wealthy businessman. In 1913 he bought a parcel of agricultural land south-east of Kettering and formed the Wicksteed Village Trust. His intention was to provide a model village for the working classes at below-average rents, offering generous gardens and a large open public space for recreation and play.<br /> <br /> Charles realised the importance of play in children&rsquo;s lives and by 1918, his firm was making vast quantities of playground equipment not just for his park, but also to sell commercially, manufacturing and installing play equipment to public parks and schools across the UK and around the world. Over decades they made a dazzling array of equipment, from pioneering metal slides, the plank swing or &lsquo;jazz&rsquo; (an ingenious cross between a swing and a see-saw), to the Ocean Wave (a ring-shaped platform on which a group of children sat or stood to revolve around a central pole) And of course, let&rsquo;s not forget the beloved Wicksteed Rocking Horse on which, from the 1930s onwards, children were able to ride.<br /> <br /> When we think of today&rsquo;s most innovative companies, we often list those that are less than a decade old and have recently gone public. More impressive, however, are the companies that have been around for not just 10 years, but 10-plus decades and were established before the internet, let alone television, air travel, the Great Depression and the end of the first World War. These companies haven&rsquo;t just scraped by, they&rsquo;ve reinvented themselves multiple times and remained at the forefront of branding and marketing and have evolved and adapted to stay current.<br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;It takes resilience and willingness to change, to weather more than a century.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Today, Wicksteed is regarded one of the most innovative outdoor play companies, which uses cutting edge technologies, at its factory in the UK, to create fun and thrilling play experiences. As well as static play equipment, Wicksteed offers bespoke play design, electronic play, sports apparatus and a comprehensive range of outdoor gym equipment which can be found in hundreds of community spaces across the country.<br /> <br /> Reaching this landmark is an exciting time for Wicksteed, to reflect on its incredible heritage but also to look forward to what will continue to be offered in the world of outdoor play, sport and fitness for the next century! As part of its centenary celebrations the company&rsquo;s logo has been re-designed and a number of significant events will be held over the year including the re-creation of an old Wicksteed favourite&hellip;so watch this space!<br /> <br /> For further information, contact the team at Wicksteed on 01536 517028 and visit <a href="http://www.wicksteed.co.uk">www.wicksteed.co.uk</a><br /> <br /> </p>Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-playgrounds-celebrates-its-100th-yearNew Playground Extension Scores Highly With Young Footballershttp://www.api-play.org/new-playground-extension-scores-highly-with-young-footballers<p>YOUNG footballers scored a new playground extension highly after members of the community had their say on its development.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Creative-Jubilee-17-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Creative-Jubilee-12-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Creative-Jubilee-6-web.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/Creative-Jubilee-7-web2.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Creative-Jubilee-22-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Creative-Jubilee-9-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> </p> <p >The impressive &pound;28,000 facility at Jubilee Park in Whitchurch, was designed and manufactured by outdoor play experts, Creative Play, as part of a significant investment from Whitchurch Town Council.<br /> <br /> The family firm were set the mission of turning a &ldquo;blank canvas&rdquo; into a dream destination designed to challenge youngsters&rsquo; physical, motor and social skills.<br /> <br /> Spread over a large area, the extension features a pirate ship, climbing unit and basket swing.<br /> <br /> On Saturday, it was given the seal of approval by team members of Whitchurch Alport Junior Football Club during its official opening which was also attended by the Mayor of Whitchurch, Councillor Tony Neville, and Councillor Terry O&rsquo;Neill, chair of the Parks Committee.<br /> <br /> Creative Play&rsquo;s sales director, David Esser, explained how the project came about. He said:<em> &ldquo;The town clerk for the council approached us asking us to provide three design options for a play area extension. We submitted some options and they were displayed in the Civic Hall along with designs from two other companies as part of a week-long public consultation. Members of the community were asked to come and see the designs and put a sticker on whichever one they thought was best, and one of ours was the most popular choice.</em><br /> <br /> &ldquo;The council made the final decision in late September and asked if the work could be turned around quickly in time for the October half term and we managed to do that for them."<br /> <br /> David, who has worked for the Chester-based company for more than seven years, added: <em>&ldquo;The playground extension includes a basket swing which is great for promoting inclusivity as it is suitable for children with limited mobility. There&rsquo;s also a climbing unit which is very different from the equipment that is already there in the existing playground.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Because the area is near the old canal site, people were really keen that some sort of boat was involved so we&rsquo;ve built a pirate ship with a slide, climbing nets and tunnels.&nbsp;I visited the playground a short while later and it was nice to see the area swarming with children. It&rsquo;s a fantastic play area which, because it&rsquo;s made from natural timber materials, is in-keeping with the lovely setting.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Whitchurch Mayor, Councillor Tony Neville said: <em>&ldquo;The new extension to the Jubilee Park play area is fantastic. The equipment is a great addition and Whitchurch Town Council thank everyone for taking part in the consultation. The council hope that families will get great pleasure in playing on the new equipment, we have done what the residents asked for and are extremely happy with the result.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong></strong></em>Councillor Terry O&rsquo;Neill, chair of the Parks Committee said:<em><strong></strong> &ldquo;I have worked closely with council members, the clerk and Creative Play to move this project forward and I am very happy with the outcome.&nbsp;</em>Creative Play has been very good to work with and their team did a splendid job with installing the new play area in good time for half term. Having met many of the families and children who voted during our public consultation, and seen the drawings of the play area extension, the actual play equipment surpasses the drawings and I have only received positive feedback.&rdquo;</p> <p>Members of Whitchurch Alport Junior Football Club were very enthusiastic about the new play area. Tyler Depaul, seven, said: <em>"We come to the park a lot to play and the new pirate ship is really brilliant!"</em><br /> <br /> Club chairman, Rob Foster, said:<em> "The playground extension is a brilliant addition to the park. It's new and fresh and gives the kids something the park has been lacking for quite some time. I remember when the first play area was built and my children used to love it then but this is even better.&nbsp;</em><em>Creative Play have done a fantastic job bringing many hours of fun for generations to come."</em></p> <p> 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 @CreativePlayUK<br /> <br /> To find out more about Whitchurch Alport Junior Football Club email <a href="mailto:wajfccomms@gmail.com ">wajfccomms@gmail.com </a>or website is <a href="http://www.wajfc.co.uk">www.wajfc.co.uk</a><br /> <br /> </p>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/new-playground-extension-scores-highly-with-young-footballersPlayforce launches free Sports & PE guides for schoolshttp://www.api-play.org/Playforce-launches-free-sports-and-pe-guides-for-schools<p>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/DO6ZVbzWkAAwpwJ%20(1).jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded center-block" /></p> <p>Playforce, the UK&rsquo;s leading play and sports space provider, has released a detailed guide for schools, providing information on ways to get the maximum impact from the PE and Sport Premium (and demonstrate it for Ofsted).</p> <p>Known for its commitment to getting children active and outdoors, for almost 20 years Playforce has campaigned to fight childhood obesity and to integrate active play, PE and sports across the school day and age ranges. Over the coming weeks Playforce will be releasing a weekly advice guide on Sports &amp; PE, drawing on their long-standing experience of working with schools across the UK and organisations such as Sport England, Youth Sport Trust and Sports for Schools. <br /> <br /> Director of Marketing, Emily Northin, said:<em> &ldquo;With ever-increasing pressures on funding and resources, as well as existing equipment, we understand that delivering an increased programme of physical activities can be challenging. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;ve produced this step-by-step guide to the Primary PE &amp; Sports Premium, for those schools that want to integrate PE and Sports, as well as healthy living, into daily activity.&rdquo;<br /> </em><br /> The first guide, available now, contains information on:</p> <ul> <li>The Primary PE &amp; Sports Premium - The background</li> <li>How does it work?</li> <li>What can you use it for?</li> <li>A bit about coaching</li> <li>How is it measured?</li> <li>What are the challenges?</li> <li>Getting the most from your funding</li> <li>How can you make sure any equipment you buy works for the Primary PE &amp; Sports Premium?</li> </ul> <p> You can download it now from <a href="http://www.playforce.co.uk/schools-and-nurseries/resources/sports">http://www.playforce.co.uk/schools-and-nurseries/resources/sports</a></p> <p>Three more guides will be released, on the same website page, over November and December:</p> <ul> <li>Part 2 - Best practice case studies</li> <li>Part 3 - Other funding sources for sports projects</li> <li>Part 4 - Encouraging Sport and PE for all ages and abilities</li> </ul> <p>Learn more about Playforce visit <a href="http://www.playforce.co.uk ">www.playforce.co.uk&nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.playforce.co.uk "></a><strong>Date: </strong>30 November 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/Playforce-launches-free-sports-and-pe-guides-for-schoolsSutcliffe Play launches Sutcliffe Play Directhttp://www.api-play.org/sutcliffe-play-launches-sutcliffe-play-direct<p>Designer and manufacturer of children&rsquo;s playground equipment, Sutcliffe Play, has launched&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sutcliffeplaydirect.co.uk">www.sutcliffeplaydirect.co.uk</a>, its first e-commerce website enabling customers to purchase the company&rsquo;s range of swing seats and seat spares.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/SP%20Direct%201-web.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 307px; margin-left: 5px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></p> As a leading manufacturer of swing seats Sutcliffe Play is proud to be designing and producing all of its equipment from its purpose built factory in Yorkshire.<br /> <br /> In the 1970&rsquo;s Robin Sutcliffe, now Chairman of Sutcliffe Play noticed that the number of accidents of children being hit by rigid swings was on the increase as more playgrounds were being built in the UK.<br /> <br /> Sutcliffe Play set about developing a safety seat which launched in 1976. The seat used the engineering properties of rubber by combining high levels of shock absorption with durability. Extensive research with The Franklin Institute Research Laboratories in Philadelphia and the Rubber &amp; Plastics Research Association of Great Britain followed where the seat was found to absorb the energy of any impact. It even appeared on the BBC&rsquo;s TV Programme Tomorrow&rsquo;s World.<br /> <br /> This patented technology is now used across many of Sutcliffe Play&rsquo;s seat designs which have been modified over the years to enhance safety and play value.<br /> <br /> As part of the launch Sutcliffe Play is unveiling its latest swing seat development &ndash; the new inclusive Rubber Nest Swing Seat is designed like a bird&rsquo;s nest to enable several children of all abilities to play together. It benefits from all Sutcliffe Play&rsquo;s safety features which have been developed over the years and it is EN1176 certified. <br /> <br /> Andy Love, Sales Director at Sutcliffe Play says: &ldquo;Sutcliffe Play&rsquo;s reputation for being an innovator has been developed over the years and the launch of Sutcliffe Play Direct is the next natural step.<br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re committed to providing customers with first class customer service. Sutcliffe Play Direct allows customers to purchase from us at any time of the day.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Having developed and patented our first seat back in 1976 &ndash; you know you&rsquo;re benefiting from our many years of research, knowledge and expertise!&rdquo;</em><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><br /> Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/atsutcliffeplay/">https://www.facebook.com/atsutcliffeplay/</a><br /> <p>&nbsp;</p>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/sutcliffe-play-launches-sutcliffe-play-directeibe: 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-play