NEWS
'Play Must Stay' campaign calls for urgent investment in public play provision
POSTED 07 Aug 2019 . BY Tom Walker
The Association of Play Industries (API) has called for urgent and sustained investment in public play provision.

The trade association has launched a new campaign, titled "Play Must Stay", which highlights the results of a survey of 1,100 parents conducted earlier this year.

The research, commissioned by API, asked parents about their children’s outdoor play and indoor screen time habits – and revealed a growing concern over children’s activity levels and the shift from outdoor play to indoor screen time.

Headline findings include that the vast majority of parents consider playgrounds as "vital" in getting children outdoors and physically active.

Nearly two in three (61 per cent) of parents in families with access to a playground said the park makes their child play outside more.

More than half (53 per cent) of parents believed having access to playgrounds would make their child more active.

Almost half of parents said that their child prefers screen time over other activities and almost half of those surveyed said they find it difficult to persuade their child to leave their screen.

The issue is even worse for older children – 69 per cent of parents with children aged between 10 and 12 said their kids preferred screen time over other activities.

“Children are being ‘pulled’ indoors by screens and ‘pushed’ away from outdoor play because of the alarming and continued decline in public playgrounds,” said Mark Hardy, API chair.

“They are experiencing a childhood where time spent playing and being active is negligible compared to previous generations."

“The overwhelming majority of UK children live in urban areas. For these children, and particularly those in the most disadvantaged areas, public playgrounds are their only chance for outdoor play.

“We are in danger of leaving entire communities without anywhere for children to play. Couple this with the dominance of digital culture and the strong inducement it creates for children to stay indoors – inactive and alone for hours – children are facing a crisis with dire consequences for their mental and physical health.”

As well as the campaign to highlight the importance of outdoor playgrounds, the API is supporting calls by the Children First Alliance for the appointment of dedicated cabinet minister for children & young people. It is hoped the new role would put children at the heart of politics and help drive investment in community playgrounds.
 


CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - 'Play Must Stay' campaign calls for urgent investment in public play provision...
25 Aug 2019 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

07 Aug 2019

'Play Must Stay' campaign calls for urgent investment in public play provision
BY Tom Walker

Nearly two in three parents in families with access to a playground said the park makes their child play outside more

Nearly two in three parents in families with access to a playground said the park makes their child play outside more

The Association of Play Industries (API) has called for urgent and sustained investment in public play provision.

The trade association has launched a new campaign, titled "Play Must Stay", which highlights the results of a survey of 1,100 parents conducted earlier this year.

The research, commissioned by API, asked parents about their children’s outdoor play and indoor screen time habits – and revealed a growing concern over children’s activity levels and the shift from outdoor play to indoor screen time.

Headline findings include that the vast majority of parents consider playgrounds as "vital" in getting children outdoors and physically active.

Nearly two in three (61 per cent) of parents in families with access to a playground said the park makes their child play outside more.

More than half (53 per cent) of parents believed having access to playgrounds would make their child more active.

Almost half of parents said that their child prefers screen time over other activities and almost half of those surveyed said they find it difficult to persuade their child to leave their screen.

The issue is even worse for older children – 69 per cent of parents with children aged between 10 and 12 said their kids preferred screen time over other activities.

“Children are being ‘pulled’ indoors by screens and ‘pushed’ away from outdoor play because of the alarming and continued decline in public playgrounds,” said Mark Hardy, API chair.

“They are experiencing a childhood where time spent playing and being active is negligible compared to previous generations."

“The overwhelming majority of UK children live in urban areas. For these children, and particularly those in the most disadvantaged areas, public playgrounds are their only chance for outdoor play.

“We are in danger of leaving entire communities without anywhere for children to play. Couple this with the dominance of digital culture and the strong inducement it creates for children to stay indoors – inactive and alone for hours – children are facing a crisis with dire consequences for their mental and physical health.”

As well as the campaign to highlight the importance of outdoor playgrounds, the API is supporting calls by the Children First Alliance for the appointment of dedicated cabinet minister for children & young people. It is hoped the new role would put children at the heart of politics and help drive investment in community playgrounds.



Connect with
Leisure Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Work begins on Heatherwick Studio's first Japanese project – a giant pergola in Tokyo
Work begins on Heatherwick Studio's first Japanese project – a giant pergola in Tokyo   23 Aug 2019

Work has begun on Heatherwick Studio’s latest project in Asia – a landscaped, giant "pergola" in central Tokyo. The mixed-use project will form the .... more>>
Singapore looks to wearable tech for population-based health initiative
Singapore looks to wearable tech for population-based health initiative   23 Aug 2019

The Singapore government is creating a "comprehensive digital health platform" based on the use of wearables, as part of a new nationwide health .... more>>
World Animal Protection report accuses accredited zoos of animal cruelty
World Animal Protection report accuses accredited zoos of animal cruelty   22 Aug 2019

Zoos and aquariums associations have criticised a report by World Animal Protection (WAP) which claims to have identified numerous examples around the .... more>>
New York flagship announced for Museum of Ice Cream as operator plans international expansion
New York flagship announced for Museum of Ice Cream as operator plans international expansion   22 Aug 2019

The Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) has announced plans to open several new locations, both in the US and internationally over the next 18 months, starting .... more>>
New visitor centre to be developed at Auschwitz-Birkenau following US$5.5m donation
New visitor centre to be developed at Auschwitz-Birkenau following US$5.5m donation   21 Aug 2019

A donation of US$5.5m (€4.96m, £4.55m) will go towards the development of a new visitor services centre at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial – the .... more>>
Cecilia Rollen to create personalised programme for The Spa Metropole by Givenchy
Cecilia Rollen to create personalised programme for The Spa Metropole by Givenchy   23 Aug 2019

The Spa Metropole by Givenchy at The Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo has announced a collaboration with Cecilia Rollen to launch a new series of .... more>>
Company profile


TOR Systems Ltd

TOR Systems have been in this business since 1981.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

FunXtion launch Online Coaching; helping PT’s work effectively, efficiently and increase client contact time

FunXtion launch Online Coaching; helping PT’s work effectively, efficiently and increase client contact time

FunXtion has introduced its new Online Coaching Tool, an advanced platform with quality content to help personal trainers work more efficiently. More>>




in this issue

• Equinox's home fitness launch overshadowed by Trump furore
• Holmes Place founder takes over TRIB3
• Merlin Entertainments returns to growth



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Personal Trainer
Salary: 100% of your PT earnings
Location: Edmonton Green, London, UK
Company: The Gym Group
Personal Trainer
Salary: 100% of your PT earnings
Location: Tottenham, London, UK
Company: The Gym Group
Personal Trainer / Fitness Trainer
Salary: 100% of your PT earnings
Location: Darlington, UK
Company: The Gym Group
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




03 Sep 2019

Spa Business Bootcamp Course

Laico Hotels & Resorts Regency, Nairobi, Kenya



Leisure Management magazine 2018 issue 1
Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Profile: Stephen Hulme
We look back on the career of Everyone Active CEO Stephen Hulme More>>
  Editor’s letter: Mental health
Liz Terry shares her thoughts More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1

Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Visitor profiles: Beyond demographics
Gerri Morris, of Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, on defining cultural consumers More>>
  Interview: Tony Butler
Derby Museums Trust executive director delivers social justice in museums More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd