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Calling for a ‘Summer of Play’ for all children across the UK


The #SummerOfPlay campaign calls for play to be prioritised this summer to support children’s health and well-being and recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The campaign is co-ordinated by Save the Children, Play England, Play Scotland, PlayBoard Northern Ireland, playfirstuk, Playing Out and Play Wales. Together we are calling for everyone – organisations and individuals – to help make this summer a #SummerOfPlay for children across the UK.

Playing provides opportunities for social interaction and physical activity and can reduce children’s stress and promote well-being. It is vital that all children are given the time and safe space they need to reconnect and play with friends and to enjoy a wide range of playful opportunities.

Everyone has a role to play in making this possible. Every setting counts – parks, streets, schools, playgrounds, public space and more. Together we can make this a positive legacy of lockdown for children. Let’s begin to restore their freedom with a #SummerOfPlay.

How to get involved
To join #SummerOfPlay, sign the online pledge to enable all children to have space and time for play this summer by supporting:

  1. Fun – We will support children to have fun and express themselves through play.
  2. Friends – We will support children to have opportunities to play with friends and peers.
  3. Freedom – We will support children to have space, time, and opportunities for free play.

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