What is ParkPlay?
ParkPlay is a new Sport England-backed charity which offers free, fun games and activities in local parks and green spaces every Saturday morning in Cumbria.
ParkPlay brings together people of all ages and abilities to have fun together, with free games and activities ranging from football and dodgeball, to tag and frisbee. Sessions are tailored by PlayLeaders and vary from park to park, with anyone from the local community welcome to attend. No experience or skills are needed, and all equipment is provided.
ParkPlay is currently in 23 locations in six counties across the country – including Cumbria, Cornwall, Greater London, Leeds, Essex, County Durham.
Where is ParkPlay in Cumbria?
Three sessions currently take place in Cumbria, and ParkPlay is currently working with Active Cumbria to expand across more locations in the county:
- ParkPlay Askam is played at The Lots
- ParkPlay Barrow is at Barrow Park
There is also more information on Facebook:
ParkPlay’s vision is for there to be a ParkPlay session within walking distance for everyone in Cumbria, so watch this space.
How to get involved.
You can sign up by heading to the ParkPlay website, www.park-play.com, click the green button at the top of the page that says ‘Register’ - it’s easy to do and takes less than 5 minutes.
Everybody who comes to ParkPlay should register ahead of their first session. Attendees will then be able to quickly sign in on arrival, and get playing straight away. Adults can register on behalf of children, and under 14s should always be accompanied.
Who organises the sessions in Cumbria?
All ParkPlay sessions are led by local PlayLeaders, who organise the games and activities each Saturday morning. Sessions are guided by what the group enjoys, so differ from location to location week to week. Activities range from tag, to rounders to football, so there’s something for everyone.
The regional PlayLeader for Cumbria is Laura Leigh, who is a paediatric nurse by profession. Laura has loved fitness all her life having hosted various fitness classes in the past. She is now spreading the word about ParkPlay in Cumbria and helping to recruit new PlayLeaders in the area.
How do people become PlayLeaders in Cumbria?
There is no experience or qualifications required to become a PlayLeader, just passion to inspire people to play. ParkPlay are currently seeking leaders in Carlisle, Penrith, Alston, Kirkby Stephen, Kendal, Ulverston, Whitehaven, Shap, Appleby, Workington, Wigton, Maryport and Aspatria.
Those interested in becoming a PlayLeader in Cumbria, which is a paid, part-time role, can get in touch via the ParkPlay website - park-play.com/be-a-playleader for more details. Applications can also be sent via email to email@example.com, or to firstname.lastname@example.org. ParkPlay will respond to all enquiries.
How do people show interest in ParkPlay in other parks in Cumbria?
ParkPlay is always looking to expand to other locations, just register your interest on the website at ‘Where do you want to play’.
How to register
Registration is easy. Sign up via the ParkPlay website. Everyone should register ahead of their first session.
Interested in becoming a PlayLeader?
ParkPlay is looking to expand to other locations in Cumbria. Contact Laura Leigh - the regional PlayLeader for Cumbria email@example.com for more information.