Youngsters in Cwmbran and Newport take part in UK playday
4:50pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
YOUNGSTERS across Gwent took part in a UK-wide playday event yesterday, which encourages youngsters to participate in playful, outdoor activities.
Children from all over Wales joined more than 850,000 others to celebrate the annual National Playday.
Crowds gathered at the Newport International Sports Village Stadiumto take part in activities including sports, games, den building, water play and art.
They also had a visit from Wallace and Gromit, who were promoting the Cracking Ideas project to encourage innovation and creativity in schoolchildren.
Cwmbran Stadium was also filled with excited youngsters who enjoyed sport, face painting, messy play, and DJ workshops.
As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.
More than 600 celebratory community events took place across the UK to mark the annual campaign.
Survey results released yesterday for Playday 2013 found that more than 50 per cent of adults reported playing out at least seven times a week when they were growing up, compared to less than a quarter of children (23 per cent) today.
Mike Greenaway, director of Play Wales, said: “We need to recognise the importance of providing children with time, space and freedom to play in their own way.
“We need to support them and recognise that for their health, wellbeing and longterm development children need places and opportunities to play outside.”
He added: “While every day of the year should be a play day, national Playday is our annual opportunity to celebrate and campaign for children’s right to play.
“Although the Welsh Government is making great strides in recognising the importance of children’s play – by being the first country in the world to legislate for children’s play – as a society we still have a long way to go to ensure Wales is a play-friendly place for our children.”
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