Spirit 2016 - Playful Communities

20 October 2016
Holiday Inn, Cardiff 

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We hope you will be able to join us for our annual Spirit conference now in its fifteenth year. Spirit is a conference filled with inspiring keynote speeches, lively discussions and practical workshops about children's play.

This year we will be exploring play in the public realm, and the challenges/barriers to providing for playful communities. We will also be sharing examples of good practice for all those who want to improve children's mental and physical health and well-being and help make Wales a play-friendly country.

Download conference programme

Five reasons to join us at this year's Spirit


We are delighted to welcome

  • Jan Van Gils, President of the European Network for Child Friendly Cities
  • Professor Sally Holland, Children's Commissioner for Wales
  • Stuart Lester - University of Gloucestershire
  • Dr Jacky Tyrie - Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Carl Sargeant AM - Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children


as keynote speakers to this year's conference. 

Workshops will include:

Play sufficiency through the voices of children
(Mike Barclay and Jonny Neen)

Street Play: Myth Busting, challenges and possibilities
(Alice Ferguson)

Successes and challenges of transforming a community play space
(Miriam Page)

Play in a natural environment 
(Meriel Jones)

The ABC model to dynamic risk management
(Simon Bazley)

More information about workshops

Who should attend?

Playworkers and play professionals, people working in communities, youth and community workers, town and community councils, housing associations, community regeneration officers, and anyone with an interest in or responsibility for children's play.

Delegate rates

Members - £99.00

Non-members - £115.00

Full-time students / P3/MAHPS learners - £60.00

including lunch and refreshments.

Feedback from previous Spirit delegates

'The conference is a good mix (of workshops and presentations) which means that it is more inclusive to lots of different audiences'

'Best conference I have been on to inform my practice'

'Execllent CPD opportunities for those involved with play'

'The organisation was excellent as usual, the venue easy to find with great food and very comfortable'

'Really enjoyed the conference, I have been once before and now find the topics broader and therefore more attractive, not same old, same old - I also like the international perspective'

'The conference included participants of different levels within their profession which facilitated valuable networking'

'I felt the conference gave me lots of new inspiration, it's a wonderful, refreshing and comfortable feeling to be around like minded people for two wonderful days!'