Street Play

Street Play
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Street Play: a local project, a national campaign

The Street Play project's vision is for every child to have the freedom to regularly play actively and independently in front of or near their own front door, contributing to a healthy lifestyle.

Play England is working with Playing OutLondon Play and the University of Bristol to directly support communities and local authorities across the country, particularly in disadvantaged areas, to reactivate a culture of children playing out in the streets near where they live and embed this in local policy.


The project is:

  • Supporting parents and communities to kick start resident-led street play through providing guidance and support online.
  • Supporting residents and communities in up to nine target areas with poor health outcomes to activate street play in their neighbourhoods.
  • Working with locally based voluntary organisations and local authorities to advise them on the policies and processes that can support resident-led street play.
  • Campaigning to raise awareness about the benefits of playing out, increase acceptance of children playing near where they live and stimulate demand for street play. 



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Further information

Information for Residents

Playing Out will continue to support residents through providing resources and materials, guiding people on how to build support in their neighbourhood and creating ways for people to share their ideas and experiences. Anyone interested can contact Playing Out for help and advice and to join the national street play network.

If you are a resident interested in getting involved in Street Play in London, contact London Play who can advise you on Street Play in the capital. 

Information for local authorities

If you work for a local authority that is interested in getting involved in Street Play, please contact Play England on


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