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August 2016

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11 Enquiry 50 AUGUST 2016 Your essential guide for Sports & Playground Equipment in association with today & play activity Play specialist Sutcliffe Play South West has designed and installed Coronation Park's new flagship playground, which was offi cially opened to the public. The transformation, funded by Sedgemoor District Council, has created a destination park for Bridgwater. Sutcliffe Play South West was awarded the contract to replace the existing playground with an exciting range of new play zones. This included an enclosed area for toddlers, an open plan area for juniors and teenagers, and a bark park for local dog walkers. Sedgemoor District Council and Sutcliffe Play South West worked together to design a play area which includes 25 individual items of play equipment, in addition to resurfacing and fencing. New fl agship playground opens to the public As Coronation Park is a popular destination for dog walking, a bark park was also incorporated into the design for owners to work with their dogs on agility and obedience. The equipment, which is designed to reduce anti- social behaviour from dogs by providing a stimulating and exciting environment, includes dog tunnels, jumps and weave posts. For younger children, an enclosed play area was created using a variety of equipment from the Sutcliffe Play Toddlerzone range, which provides a wide range of play opportunities designed specifically to develop key skills, including physical challenges such as climbing, balancing and coordination. Designed for older toddlers, to younger juniors, Toddlerzone 'Sneak & Peak' was also installed, offering more challenging play. For older juniors, the Mission Phantom unit was included in the design of the open play area with varying degrees of challenge, resting surfaces, slides and glides. The play area also includes a large trampoline, double width hill slide and an exhilarating 25m cableway to encourage high energy invigorating play whilst keeping fi t and active. Sutcliffe Play Enquiry 47 The latest report by the Committee on the Rights of the Child paints a damning picture of respect for children's rights by UK law and policy makers, including the right to play. The Committee monitors implementation of the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child by ratifying governments. Its latest report highlights serious concerns about the impact of UK government austerity measures on 'children's enjoyment of their rights', citing children from disadvantaged situations as being 'disproportionately affected'. The continued lack of measures to address 'intolerance of childhood' is slammed by the Committee, which raises deep concerns that children's views are not being heard by those developing policies that impact children's lives. Children's right to play is wholly undermined, the report says, by: • T h e g o v e r n m e n t ' s withdrawal of a play policy for England; • Insufficient provision of spaces and facilities for play and leisure, particularly those accessible to children with disabilities or from disadvantaged communities; • A lack of public spaces where teenagers can socialise; • The underfunding of play Policymakers threaten UK children's right to play and leisure policies in the devolved nations. The Committee reserves praise for the Welsh government for its adoption of a play policy and integration of 'children's right to play systematically in relevant legislation and other relevant policies'. API Chair Mark Hardy says: "The committee's intense scrutiny of UK government commitment to honour the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child makes for gloomy reading. Its latest report is a damning refl ection of the lack of priority given to children's lives - particularly those that most need state support - by policymakers. "If there was ever a chance to make good on the failings of protecting children's right to play highlighted in this report, it is with the government's forthcoming national strategy on obesity. Without high quality places for children in every community to play, there is little opportunity for them to be physically active." The Association of Play Industries (API) campaigns at the highest levels for policy recognition of the value and benefi ts of play. API Enquiry 49 Figures from Sport England's Active People Survey show that 15.83 million people over the age of 16 played sport in the last year. That's a return to the level seen after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. And it equates to 1.75 million more than when London won the right to host the Games. While 81,900 more men are playing sport, the overall increase is largely because more women are getting active, accounting for over 75 per cent of the Stats show upsurge in people doing sport increase. The gender gap in sport has therefore reduced slightly, to 1.6 million. Keep fi t and going to the gym remain hugely popular, with the number of people doing them every week breaking the seven million mark for the fi rst time. Exercise classes, like spinning and boxercise, continue to attract large numbers of people, especially women. The running boom looks set to continue, with 138,100 more people running regularly in the last 12 months, and a remarkable one million more people running compared to 10 years ago. Jennie Price, chief executive of Sport England, said: "These figures are encouraging, especially the significant increase in the number of women playing sport and being active every week." However there has been a small reduction in the number of disabled people playing sport, down 2,400 in the last year to 1.56 million. "I am concerned that, despite signifi cant focus and investment, the number of disabled people being active has remained largely fl at in the last 18 months," Jennie says. "The sports sector needs to rethink how it supports disabled people, and in particular we all need to recognise that most disabled people are over 50 and that 75 per cent have more than one impairment." Sport England Enquiry 48 0203 409 5303 'This is a great example of families being able to exercise and get healthy together. What was a derelict area of tarmac, has had this spectacular makeover and is now going to be great for all generations, for generations to come' Councillor Vivienne Lukey, London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

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