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A Manifesto to Love Outdoor Play

August 22, 2010

“Having the freedom to play outdoors improves the well-being of children and their communities.

Together, we are building a visible community to support reasonably safe exploration, adventure and play.

Wherever you see a Love Outdoor Play sticker, you’ll find people who welcome play and are looking out for young people.”

This is the manifesto of an umbrella campaign that we are preparing to launch this September. The problems of risk aversion and children not being allowed to play outdoors enough are well documented and it’s time to improve the situation.

The Love Outdoor Play campaign is a simple idea. For communities to visually show that they welcome play. Partially inspired by the work of Playborhood in the United States we will shortly be sharing our design for static-stickers that can be put in windows.

Why a sticker? Earlier this month Play England released research they had carried out in support of their annual Playday. Among other things they found that:

“47% of adults think it is unsafe for children to play out without supervision, and that 1 in 3 (37%) parents are concerned they will be judged by their neighbours if they let their children play out unsupervised. Over a quarter of children (28%) say that, when they are playing, adults tend to think they’re up to no good and more than half (55%) of parents worry that the noise of their children playing outside will upset their neighbours. In reality 81% of adults believe children playing outside helps to improve community spirit. 70% think that it makes an area more desirable to live in.”

Love Outdoor Play stickers will help to tackle many of these issues by shaping conversations and visibly showing support for reasonably safe play, adventures and explorations. The stickers will symbolise:

– Understanding of the importance of outdoor play for the well-being of individual’s and communities

– Communities that welcome outdoor play

– Freedom and independence for young people to learn and have fun

– Responsibility within communities to care and look out for one another

If you agree with the manifesto and support these aims we would love to have you as a campaign partner/supporter. If you have a blog or website we will be delighted to link to you at launch. If you run any kind of an organisation and have a logo we will happily add this with a link into our supporters page. Together we can (re)create places for play outdoors.

To have your details added to the Love Outdoor Play website ahead of the launch please email LoveOutdoorPlay@thegeographycollective.co.uk.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Simon Wood permalink
    August 27, 2010 10:41

    What a wonderful idea! Children playing outdoors is crucial for building a sense of community. All ages should make more use of the outdoor environment. Sous les paves la plage.

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