SAPCA is delighted to have welcomed Play England as an affiliate member. A national charity, Play England campaigns for the rights of children and young people to have freedom and space to play. It supports England’s play sector through its work – which ranges from national strategy and advocacy to developing the sector’s workforce, raising the profile of play and producing resources and publications.
Play England also lobbies the government to make fundamental policy changes to protect, promote and enhance play, play provision, playworkers and the play facilities – while encouraging everyone who has an impact on the lives of children and young people to recognise and plan for children’s play.
Joining SAPCA is part of Play England’s drive to form strategic partnerships with wider sector organisations and to work with national stakeholders and partners with shared aims to raise awareness about the importance of play to the nation’s health and wellbeing.
SAPCA chief executive, Richard Shaw, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Play England to SAPCA. Play England is at the forefront of showing that play is fundamental to children and their development. Such commitment to building an active nation means they are natural partners to SAPCA and our members, we will work alongside Play England to ensure high quality play and recreational facilities are in place to help them reach their strategic aims.”
Play England Executive Director, Eugene Minogue, said: “We’re delighted to be joining SAPCA, to further strengthen and deepen our strategic partnerships and relationships across the play construction industry. Industry is an integral partner in providing, protecting and enhancing playgrounds and wider play and recreational facilities across the nation. These facilities are the very heart of our communities and daily lives. They are vital in providing spaces and places for children, young people and families to play.
“Through membership of SAPCA, we will further enhance the quality of facilities for play, by better informing industry through our expertise, insight and guidance. Additionally, it will further enhance and amplify our call on the government to introduce Play Sufficiency legislation in England.
“We very much look forward to working with SAPCA members and industry partners to further develop our strategic aims and build a more active, playful nation.”