The Association of Play Industries (API) is thrilled to mark its fortieth anniversary this year, a significant milestone in their commitment to promoting children’s play across the UK. As the lead trade association for the play industry, the API has been dedicated to supporting its members since their establishment in 1984.

Throughout four decades of service, the API has been a beacon of excellence, advocating for the highest standards and best practices in public play provision. Their core belief in the importance of play in children’s lives has driven them to tirelessly champion the cause of ensuring every child has access to free, local and top-quality outdoor play spaces.

Leading the charge in research and campaigns for children’s outdoor play, the API has consistently stood at the forefront of efforts to highlight the critical role of play in addressing societal challenges such as physical inactivity, childhood obesity and mental health issues among children.

As they celebrate this important anniversary, their Independent Chair, Dr. Amanda Gummer, says of the year ahead:

Throughout the decades, the API has been an advocate for our members, advancing best practices and campaigning for the provision of high-quality play facilities for all children.

“Playgrounds remain the most popular setting for outdoor play in the UK. They have a crucial role in children’s lives and lie at the heart of communities. For many children, public play spaces represent their only opportunity to play outside; they are especially important for those 1 in 8 households without gardens and for those in the most deprived areas.


“In this landmark year, we are thrilled to announce a series of exciting campaigns aimed at further promoting children’s public play spaces and play in schools. With passion and dedication, the API looks forward to continuing our vital work in shaping a brighter future for generations of children to come.”

Notes to Editors:

The Association of Play Industries (API)  is the lead trade body within the play sector and campaigns at the highest levels for policy recognition for play. Its members are leading manufacturers, installers, designers and distributors of both outdoor and indoor play equipment and safety surfacing. Founded in 1984, the API represents 85% of the play industry.

The API operates under the umbrella of the Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA), the national trade body responsible for representing Sports and Play Associations in the UK’s sport and play industries.

Media Contact: Mary Lubrano, Head of Communications.  For further information contact Mary on e: [email protected]  m: 07999 550452