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Memories needed to help city's celebration of play

People are being asked for their memories of old games, treasured play areas and childhood friendships for an event to celebrate the importance of play that is being held in Swansea next month

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National Playday falls on August 2 and this year marks the 20th anniversary of Swansea Council having a play team.

The team helps support summer and holiday play groups and after school clubs and also promotes the importance of play in young children's development.

They are working with the National Waterfront Museum to stage a celebration at the attraction on August 2.

Stephen Cable, from the council's Prevention and Early Intervention Team, said: "We are appealing to people from Swansea to share with us their recollections of how play helped shaped their lives, taught them life lessons or led to friendships that they look back on fondly.

"I'm sure many adults will agree play helped form some of their most treasured memories of growing-up.
"Whether it's playing with jumpers for goalposts, making sandcastles on the beach or singing a favourite nursery rhyme with pals we would like to hear from you."

The team is particularly keen for people to share any old photos, videos or memorabilia that they may have.

Stephen said: "We have worked with The West Glamorgan Archive Service and our museums and have already got some great images, footage and audio, but we imagine there is lots more out there."

He also wants to highlight some old playground games during the event that will run between 1pm and 4pm.

"If there are groups or individuals who would be willing to come along and demonstrate some of the old traditional games they used to play such as Hopscotch, Orangesand Lemons or Please, Mr Crocodile we would be delighted if they would take part," Stephen added.

During next month's event at the Waterfront Museum there will be plenty of other play activities including the play bus.

Last year more than 2,500 children in Swansea benefited from play schemes thanks to the work of the play team and the many volunteers that help out.

Cllr Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "The importance of play and taking time to ensure children and young people have the opportunity to enjoy play in safe and welcoming places can't be overstated.

"I'm delighted that this is being recognised at next month's event at the Waterfront Museum which should be a really fun and informative afternoon."

To share your memories email the team at play@swansea.gov.uk


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