As part of Conwy’s Play Sufficiency Assessment, play development workers spent time talking to children and young people about their opportunities for play and the barriers to play that they experienced. In these conversations, and in consultation with Conwy’s Youth Council, the negative message given out by No Ball Games Signs was highlighted as an issue.
To address the perception that No Ball Games signs give the message that children aren’t welcome to play in their community, the Conwy Play Development Team worked with the local authority and housing associations to create a plan to take down the signs.
The Play Development Team worked with a local film youth club to create a video promoting the importance of play and the removing of No Ball Game signs. This video was circulated via social media and a process for children and adults to challenge signs in their area is now in place across the county.