Time to play out and get active!

February 29 2016

Time to play out and get active!

Hard to imagine on these wet, grey days, but Spring is nearly with us. As we emerge from hibernation, now is the perfect time to start thinking about new ways to get our families out and about, and active… welcome to Playing Out!

Loads of streets already play out in this area: maybe you’ve seen neighbouring roads closed to through traffic, creating a safe place for children to play? Are you are starting to think about getting going again after a winter break?

Perhaps you would like to find out more about how to get things started where you live?

Whatever stage you are at, Playing Out can provide practical advice and support to anybody wanting to enable children to play out safely near their home.

There’s loads of information, and some lovely short films to give you a flavour of what it’s all about, on our website: www.playingout.net .

Any prospect of dragging our children away from the intoxicating screen effect feels pretty good. Add to this, opportunities for them to make local friends, develop new skills, greater independence and a sense of belonging on their street alongside adults, of all ages, building stronger connections where they live and playing out is a no brainer!

The Chief Medical Officer has recently come out with the shocking statistic that over 80% of UK children aged between 5 and 15 are not getting the recommended hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. Playing out is an easy and effective way to encourage children to be more active, during sessions and beyond, as they grow more self reliant, and meet more local playmates.

On Saturday March 19, Playing Out is running an informal, interactive, morning workshop useful for anyone already involved in the initiative and for those people who are keen to start something up.

Please get in touch with Gaby to find out more about this session, in central Bristol, or to chat about how to start playing out where you live: gabyisplayingout@gmail.com / 07947 577 503.