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  • API: Surfacing Code of Practice – Provision of Impact Attenuating SurfacesUpdated
    The API has  published a revised Code of Practice: Provision of Impact Attenuating Surfaces document. The  Code of Practice has been produced to provide prospective clients and specifiers with  guidance on the types of surfacing options available. The document includes useful  information on basic construction requirements, specification and maintenance currently employed in constructing impact absorbing surfaces in playgrounds.



  • API: API at A Glance
    The API has published a document which gives an overview of what the Association of Play Industries is all about and includes 10 good reasons why it pays to choose an API member, along with details of membership benefits.







  • All Party Commission on Physical Activity: Report: Tackling Physical Inactivity
    This is the first of two reports from the All-Party Parliamentary Commission on Physical Activity,  which was set up in 2013. Here they set out the scale and scope of the problem, mapping out  the  specific areas in which there needs to work for change. In the second report there will  be  some tangible suggestions on how we can begin to tackle this epidemic.


  • APPG Fit and Healthy Childhood: Play
     The All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood are lobbying for government to adopt a holistic strategy to support child development. Launched its report to Parliament  on the 15th October 2015 the group’s co-Chair, children’s advocate Baroness Floella Benjamin, called on politicians from all parties to acknowledge the vital role of play in children’s lives and particularly in helping tackle the physical inactivity crisis.



  • APPG Fit and Healthy Childhood: Mental Health In  Childhood 
    In 2017 government green paper entitled ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’ was seen by many as a welcome recognition that, in reference to child mental health facilities in England, the euphemism ‘could do better’ should be replaced by ‘now fit for purpose‘.



  • APPG Fit and Healthy Childhood: Healthy Patterns for Healthy Families report
    According to NICE (May 2014) obesity in the United Kingdom is rapidly becoming the norm. More than a quarter of adults are now defined as obese and an additional 42% are overweight. Obesity is a family affair and it starts early. This report offers recommendations to the Government to help tackle this issue.


  • APPG Fit and Healthly Childhood: The Early Years
    Investment in children’s earliest years is the key to health and well-being in later life, argues a new report. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood has called for a holistic approach to the early years and for a new government department, Children and Family Life, led by a cabinet minister for children. Play features strongly in the report with calls for the National Play Strategy (2008) to be revised, with plans for play in schools and public spaces. It includes a call for statutory performance measures of children’s play using EU indices of child health and well-being.


  • CPPF: The Play Return: A review of the wider impact of play initiatives
    This report presents evidence to build the case for improving the play opportunities of children and young people. Its focus is on children of school age, and on free play that takes place out of doors. It looks at quantitative evidence of the wider outcomes and impact of play interventions and initiatives. Hence it complements rather than duplicates other recent policy reviews.




  • Design to Move: A Physical Activity Action Agenda
    Just a few generations ago, physical activity was an integral part of daily life. In the name of progress, we’ve now chipped away at it so thoroughly that physical inactivity actually seems normal. The economic costs are unacceptable, the human costs are un-forgivable. Designed to Move is founded on a robust evidence base. The science is clear. The debate is over.  Urgent priority must be given to dramatically increase the world’s commitment to physical  activity.





  • HM Government: Sporting Future A New Strategy for an Active Nation
    Sports governing bodies will have to demonstrate projects that have a “meaningful, measurable impact” on improving people’s lives in order to receive funding as part of the government’s wide-ranging sports strategy. Delivered by sports minister Tracey Crouch, the report published 17th December 2015 revealed that investment would be earmarked for initiatives which encourage physical activity among the inactive, as well as projects that help young people gain skills that aid employment and tackle social exclusion and mental health problems.



  • Public Health England: Change4Lifeevidence review
    This rapid evidence review aims to identify relevant literature on the physiological, psychological, social, and behavioural outcomes of physical activity participation among children aged 5 to 11 years, and provide an indication of the strength of the evidence for each outcome.


  • Public Health  England: Everybody Active Every Day framework
    Public Health England (PHE) wants to drive a step change in the public’s health. We recently identified seven priorities for the next ten years to tackle the behaviour that increases the risk of poor mental and physical health.5 Tackling physical inactivity is critical to delivering many of those priorities (eg, dementia, obesity and giving every child the best start in life).


  • SENSE: Case for Play
    For three months between September and November 2015, Sense undertook a public inquiry into the provision of play opportunities for children aged 0-5 with multiple needs in England and Wales. The inquiry was established in response to feedback received from families of children with multiple needs who had expressed concerns that they had fewer opportunities to access play services and settings in comparison to families with non-disabled children.


  • Sport and Recreation Alliance: Reconomics report
    The Reconomics report brings together all the existing information, research and evidence relating to the impact of outdoor recreation and provides a compelling case to politicians of   the true value of outdoor recreation.


  • The Parks Alliance: The National Playground Growing The Next Generation
    The Parks Alliance (TPA), the UK’s voice of parks, today published ‘The National Playground: growing the next generation’ on the importance of parks to family life. The current squeeze on budgets is putting our parks and green spaces at risk and data highlighted in the report show that parents with children under 10, are most concerned about the impact of budget cuts on local parks, with 7 out of 10 worried about the prospect of cuts.


  • UK Active: Generation Inactive report
    Generation Inactive establishes the state of the challenge ahead and highlights how little grip we currently have on the scale of the problem of childhood inactivity. It explores the current understanding of children’s physical activity in Primary Schools and investigates the measures that are uses to track the activity and fitness levels of pupils.


  • Youth Sport Trust: #Classof2035 report
    The report which explores children’s attitudes to sport and predicts the future of school sport. With the revelation that many children view playing video games with friends as a form of exercise, the YST report’s key argument is that it will be important to harness the power and appeal of technology if we are to encourage children to be physically active over the next 20 years.