Parks provide a public service as hubs for physical activity for people of all ages, and should be funded by the public purse, the Association of Play industries (API), has told government. In its submission to the Communities and Local Government Committee Parks Inquiry, the API raises its mounting concerns about the link between local authority budget cuts and dwindling opportunities for children to play and be physically active. API Chair Mark Hardy says: “Children’s increasingly sedentary lifestyles call for policy action, and parks have a pivotal role to play. … more
Localgov reports that a survey has found that three quarters of the public think that councils should have a statutory duty to protect parks and 70% are against the privatisation of public parks.
The results of the 2016 Field of the Year Competitions were announced to a packed audience at the annual awards evening held in Woolavington Village Hall on 13thSeptember. The awards were presented by the Chairman… more
Sports Management reports that the Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA) has taken over the assets of volunteer charity Join In, following its dissolution. The SRA will continue to look after the brand.
LocalGov reports that The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has called for parks to be made into ‘no smoking zones’.
Do you think that your local park, playground or playing field is the best in the country? Here’s your chance to prove it. National charity Fields in Trust have launched a campaign to find the… more
BBC News reports that green spaces play a vital role in the health of the public in England.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance look at how the recently announced youth fund may help sport and recreation organisations.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has published a second report on the State of UK Public Parks, following its first report published in 2014. The 2016 report looks at how the situation has changed in the… more
On September 1st the ribbon was cut on a new playground in Stratton Audley in Cherwell, Oxfordshire. The new play area was the culmination of several years in the planning. The opening was attended by … more
Tesco have made some changes to their Bags for Help grant scheme. Changes that have now come into force are for all applications from August 2016 onwards. The details are: The amounts of grants available… more
The Gannett Foundation grant scheme is now open until 5pm on Friday October 14 2016. Newsquest UK invites registered charities to apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 for projects that deliver lasting benefits… more
Corby and East Northants MP Tom Pursglove MP has been awarded for his proactive contribution to grassroots sport and recreation in Parliament and his constituency. Mr Pursglove spearheaded a much needed campaign to protect playing… more
The Aviva Community Fund is now open for applications until 11 October 2016. Funding is available for community causes. 800 projects across the UK will receive funding. The funding is open to everyone. To end up… more
Following a two year project, the skate park in Eynsham in West Oxfordshire has been extended and improved and is now open for the local community to enjoy. The project was born when the parish… more
The Peter Harrison Foundation accepts applications from registered charities. Their grant programme ‘Opportunities through Sport’ accepts applications for projects that provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and… more
Sport England has published an online resource for sports clubs. Called ‘Groundsmanship for Sports Clubs’, it provides valuable support for volunteers, coaches, club officials and the ‘hands-on’ groundsman. The resource includes advice, images and videos… more
SALTEX, the Sports Amenities and Landscaping Trade Exhibition is due to take place at the NEC Birmingham on 2nd and 3rd November 2016. This free-to-attend trade exhibition is a must for playground and playing field managers and… more
In July Public Health England published the latest edition of its ‘Health matters: getting every adult active every day’ guidance document. This resource is designed for health professionals and local authorities looking to encourage more people to become physically active. The guidance carries the stark warning that unless the current situation can be reversed, people living in the UK are likely to be 35% less active in 2030 than they were in the 1960s.
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- Somerset County Playing Fields Association announces the winners of the 2016 Field of the Year Competition
- New outdoor gym in Churchdown, Gloucestershire
- The use of paint on playground equipment
- Fields in Trust publishes new online guidance for outdoor sport and play
- The importance of green spaces in improving the health of communities
- Aviva Community Fund open for applications