Having the freedom to step outside your own front door and kick a ball around, skip, or play a game of tag is nothing new. There are still some communities where this happens and that’s brilliant. But in reality, most kids have far less freedom to play outside than their parents or grandparents did. And although the world may have changed for today’s kids, their need for play has not.
The act of play allows kids to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. It is vital to healthy brain development and allows kids, at a very early age, to learn to engage and interact in the world around them. As more and more studies shed light on this fundamental element to healthy childhood development, we must find ways to make our communities more child and play friendly.
Last year, Wicklow County Council teamed up with the Wicklow Local Sports Partnership to do just that. They incorporated Street Feast with National Play Day right across County Wicklow. The aim was to promote play and encourage communities throughout to organise energetic and fun play activities outdoors in their neighbourhoods. 10 groups across the county took part in 2017 with over 250 children getting active in their community. These groups were encouraged to keep their play equipment so they could continue to host active play sessions on a regular basis.
And guess what? The good folks at Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Local Sports Partnership are getting together to bring you this special opportunity again!
Any neighbourhood hosting a Street Feast event is invited to collect a bag of play equipment worth €50 to encourage fun and active play within their community. If you want to get involved contact email@example.com
To avail of this opportunity, you must be already registered to host a Street Feast on Sunday 10th June. To register, visit https://streetfeast.changex.org/ie/start/sign_up
“No time is spent better than helping your community to become a better place,” says Denise O’Shea, the Sports Development Officer from Wicklow Local Sports Partnership, “your community was born to play.”