We were thrilled to be invited to meet HRH Prince Charles at the celebration of the official opening of Gloucester Services. This is the most amazing project, that brings together fabulous architecture, delicious food, jobs for local people and donates money to Gloucestershire charities. We are one of the key charity partners, and we had the chance to tell HRH how we support Gloucestershire children through the power of outdoor play. HRH chatted to our Young Volunteers, asking about their role and why they gave up so much of their time to help others. He also met Team Leader Katie, still on maternity leave and her baby daughter Eva. After HRH left, we tucked into a delicious buffet, and our Young Volunteers were adventurous enough to try wild boar sausage rolls, accompanied by live jazz. Not your average day in the school summer holidays!
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?