Research undertaken by our play association, the Association of Play Industries, has uncovered the extent to which local authorities across the country have been closing children’s playgrounds with more set to come.
This new research revealed that between 2014/15 and 2015/16 local authorities across England closed 214 children’s playgrounds, and when asked about future plans they admitted their aim to close a further 234.
In the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic and increasing mental health problems among children, the API’s #Nowhere2Play campaign is calling on the government to make a clear show of support by investing in our vital community play spaces.
The UKGCOA continues to campaign in partnership with England Golf and KPMG to persuade the HMRC and The Treasury to apply a reduced rate of VAT to golfs proprietary sector to eliminate the current VAT distortion in golf.
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National Golf Month is the BGIA’s annual programme aimed at growing UK participation in golf. It is essential for the economic health and reputation of the sport that we encourage even more women to get onto the nation’s golf courses and driving ranges. This is the reason the focus of this year’s National Golf Month is on encouraging women who are new to the game to try the sport and persuading lapsed female players to revisit their local course, club or centre.
Core to National Golf Month 2017 will be a its target to provide 50,000 free one hour trial sessions, exclusively for women, worth over £2m, which will be the industry’s largest ever promotional offer aimed specifically at getting women started in the sport. As well as providing a substantial inventory of taster sessions, National Golf Month will provide a better understanding of how clubs and professionals can attract more women through new or innovative approaches. The National Golf Month web site will use the booking platform, supplied by fibodo, to match consumers with golf professionals.
The #Change4Life campaign works to increase children’s activity levels in an effort to tackle the obesity crisis. Our Play Providers’ Association, through their network of indoor play centres, is a key partner in this campaign spearheaded by Public Health England.
It’s great to be part of an organisation that campaigns for investment in children’s play facilities and which raises the standards of the entire industry.
Having the support of the FSPA behind us is tremendously beneficial and greatly enhances the offering to our membership.
I have been a member of SPE for many years now and every member shows a 100% commitment to promote participation in sport and play in the UK.
It’s sometimes difficult to get heard when you stand on your own. But when you're part of a respected body like the FSPA, people listen and things start to happen.
The opportunity to meet with like-minded people across our sector to discuss some of the challenges is always invaluable.
Working together as a group of companies creates a stronger voice for the play industry, which benefits both suppliers and customers.