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Spirit 2013

Members £250 | Non-members £270

Date: 14-05-2013 Location: Holiday Inn, Cardiff
End Date: 15-05-2013 Organiser: Play Wales

Now in its twelfth year Spirit is a two day conference filled with inspiring keynote speeches, lively discussions, practical workshops, great food and networking opportunities for playworkers, play professionals and anyone interested in children’s play.


Download Spirit 2013 programme

Keynote speakers

Professor Ken Worpole: one of the UK’s most influential writers on landscape and public policy issues
Tim Gill: Playing a Long Game - how the HSE was persuaded of the benefits of risk
Alison John: an inspirational speaker on disability and inclusion
Wendy Russell and Stuart Lester: What is enough? Approaches to assessing sufficiency

Who should attend? 

New and experienced playworkers, play professionals, play therapists, students, staff and managers of play provision working in after school clubs, adventure playgrounds, integrated children's centres, youth services, anyone working face to face with children or with a responsibility for children's play.


Over two days at Spirit you will have the chance to participate in four workshop sessions - which means six hours of presentations from professionals working or researching in the field of play. This is an opportunity to learn, talk and share about exciting case studies and best practice guidance to use in your workplace.

Workshop topics will include: negative stereotyping, inclusion, play in schools, political developments, play characteristics, key developments, community projects.

Download draft list of workshops

A great social evening after the first conference day is included in the delegate fee.

Delegate rates 

  Members (in Wales) Non-members
1 April 2013 onwards  £250 £270


Booking is now closed


Participants from previous Spirit conferences have said:

‘Thank you for yet another awesome play conference – one not to be missed’

‘My first time – I have really loved it – supported my passion for playwork’

‘After working in Wales for 12 years as a play professional I feel emotional and proud at the developments for children’s play in Wales’

‘Enjoyed all workshops immensely – all very different in delivery and format – food for thought and reflection’

‘A varied and thought provoking event’

‘Warm and friendly atmosphere’


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