Once upon a time (with apologies to Richard Dawkins), before the coalition government set about trying to create a Big Society by trashing many of the structures and initiatives that were already working for a better and fairer one, and before the consequent scramble for ever-decreasing pots of public funding saw ‘parent’ bodies eating their young – in other words when it used to have any money – Play England occasionally sponsored the play category of the national Children and Young People Now Awards.
Rumour has it that this year the play category is under-subscribed (no surprise there really) and so if you want to seek a bit of recognition for the work of your project or service, or know a worthy candidate, do take a look.
The Play Award this year is for “the initiative that has done the most to offer children and young people the opportunities to play freely. The judges will in particular look for work that has improved the use of public spaces, such as housing estates, parks or town centres, for children and young people”.
Entries close on 4 July, and the Awards ceremony (with entertainment on a par with our own Eastbourne conference, I promise you…) will be in London on 20 November 2014.
Do it. If your funding gets cut, at least you’ll have a nice gong to put on your mantelpiece …