Team PG have got a busy and action packed summer ahead. Rangers, Young Volunteers, vans and kit are ready to take play out right across Gloucestershire, and beyond! We’re ready with all our favourite activities including den building, giant bubbles and of course everyone’s favourite – drip, drip, dunk!
This summer, we are providing 85 days of active and creative play in both urban and rural communities. We visit some communities all year round, but for others like Mickleton in North Cotswolds, we only visit in the summer holidays, and it’s always lovely returning and seeing how much everyone has grown.
Throughout the summer, we will be focusing on our theme of ‘Move More, Eat Well’. We want children and families to get outdoors and move lots this summer, whilst munching on healthy food to fuel all that active play. It’s good for your mind and good for your body! Get out and play with Team PG this summer.
Click here for our Summer Holidays timetable.
Our annual Young Volunteers training day took place at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus on Saturday 13th June. Report coming soon on a day of adventure, friendship and fun!
We play lots of park sports at our play sessions. We call it jumpers for goal post sport. No whistles, no coaching, just lots of active play. One of our most popular sports is tennis and each of our five vans has a mini net, rackets and balls. Tennis balls are the things we lose most, so we were thrilled when the Virgin Active Gloucestershire Racquets Manager, Dave Gibbon, put the bounce back into our sessions by donating us lots of free balls.
Tennis is a sport that kids find hard to access, especially vulnerable children and those living in disadvantaged or rurally isolated communities. Our charity supports these children, and we love the fact that we can provide tennis at every play session across the county. This donation will help us continue to do this.
Our grateful thanks go to Virgin Active Gloucestershire for their kind support.
Play Gloucestershire’s Play rangers will be out and about around the county during May Bank Holiday Week. Why not come along for some free active and creative play sessions – our timetable is here. Come and take the gym ball challenge! – can you find your balance point?
It was ‘a game of two halves’, as they say in football! The first week of the Easter holidays was wild and windy, and the Play Rangers used the high winds to make lots of kites and wind tunnels. Windy days generate high energy levels in children and lots of active play. We love active play. Play Ranger Team Leader Ben loves it so much he covered 9.9 miles in 6 hours of community play!
Week two brought lovely spring sunshine, and the vibe at play became more relaxed with whole families bringing picnics and rugs into the parks to spend all day with us. Sunny weather is the cue for giant bubbles and water slides and that game that gets you very wet – drip, drip dunk!
No two days are ever the same for our roving Rangers, and lots goes on behind the centre stage of community play for all. We support a lot of vulnerable children, including those living in poverty, disabled children, young carers, and fostered children as well as those going through moments of family crisis. One family had their beloved pet put to sleep, and the Rangers were on hand to help. This Easter we supported siblings taken into foster care a few days previously. Working intensively with the police and social care, we ensured that the children were able to enjoy some therapeutic playwork through a period of great trauma for everyone.
We understand the importance of play in rurally isolated villages as well as play in disadvantaged urban communities. Our Rangers visited such far-flung places as Ruspidge in the Forest of Dean, Bussage in Stroud district and Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds.
Team PG delivered 23.5 play days over the Easter holidays, recording 1,119 play visits in 15 urban and rural communities. You can see our Easter highlights in tweets on https://storify.com/Play_Glos/easter-holidays