PLAY GLOUCESTERSHIRE is a registered charity that provides regular, free play sessions in urban parks and rural locations across the county. Our energetic Play Rangers deliver outdoor, active play, sports, arts and environmental activities to school-aged children throughout the year, whatever the weather.
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Merry Christmas from Play Gloucestershire!

PG xmas card 2014

A Christmas Surprise

We were astonished and delighted when we opened the post this morning to discover a donation for £4,500 from an anonymous donor!  Whoever you are, THANK YOU so much for your kindness and rest assured we will put the money to good use.

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PG launches new Fit For Play scheme across Gloucestershire

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We have recently launched Fit For Play, a programme to get children and young people to ‘Get Active, Get Outdoors and Get Fit For Play’. These play sessions are all about being active through informal sports, building dens, games such as tag, water fights and creative art.  The sessions have started fantastically, with a great turn out in numbers. In the first two months we had over 250 play visits from children and young people.

Our thanks go to Councillor Tracy Millard for funding a years’ worth of after school Fit For Play sessions in Tuffley and Linden.

Thanks to Councillor Kathy Williams for funding holiday Fit For Play sessions in Longlevens.

And most recently thanks to Councillor Graham Morgan for funding 11 holiday Fit For Play days in Ruspidge, and Councillor Richard Leppington for funding a day in Yorkley, Forest of Dean.

The launch of Fit For Play has coincided with the launch of Public Health England’s Everybody Active Every Day. The aim of this strategy is to protect and improve the nation’s health through an increase in physical activity in local communities.

The Fit For Play message is spreading far and wide recently with this article in the Gloucester Citizen.

Here is Councillor Tracy Millard enjoying a skip in Tuffley.

T Millard skipping

October Half Term Play Sessions

Monday 27th to Saturday 1st November

All sessions are 10am-4pm unless shown otherwise.  We will be there whatever the weather so bring extra layers, waterproofs and wellies if it is wet and cold – hats and suntan lotion if it’s sunny (you never know!)

If you are new to Play Gloucestershire’s Play Rangers, please take a look at our Information for Parents/Carers.

MONDAY The Playing Field by Cashes Green Primary School, Cashes Green, Stroud

Meadowleaze Play Space, Longlevens, Gloucester

Duke of Gloucester Barracks, South Cerney *This session is closed to the general public*

TUESDAY Parry Field, Tredworth, Gloucester

Mason Road, Stroud

WEDNESDAY Ayland Gardens, Barton, Gloucester

Nottingham Road Park, Bishops Cleeve

Melville Play Space, Bourton on the Water *10am – 12:30pm*

THURSDAY Archway Gardens, Pagan Hill, Stroud

Longlevens Playing Field (on Longford Lane), Longlevens, Gloucester

FRIDAY Evans Walk Play Space, Matson, Gloucester

Longlands Play Space, Bishops Cleeve

SATURDAY The Bat Field, Bibury *3-5pm*

Army kids play on thanks to support from Councillor and Cotswolds DC

One of our favourite places to play is on the army camp at South Cerney. Home to 29th Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, we take our special brand of outdoor play on to the base, encouraging local children, young people and families to ‘Get Out and Play!’ with us.

As we drive through the family estate, doors open and kids shout ‘Play Rangers!’ running on to the green space behind the house. As always our funding is stop-start, but we keep finding ways of coming back. Our most recent sponsor was Councillor Clive Bennett and Cotswold District Council. This grant enabled us to provide summer play days and autumn after school sessions as well. The sessions have been really well attended by children and parents, and help these military families to meet up, make friends and have fun. Life is tough for these kids, with frequent moves around the world and a weekly dose of our therapeutic outdoor play is really good for them.

Our thanks to Councillor Bennett for supporting this project. Here he is presenting the cheque to Team PG!