Playing Out In the Media
Spreading the word about street play and this growing grassroots movement is an important part of our work. Here are some highlights.
BBC World hacks made this film – a shorter version was shared on the BBC Facebook page and was viewed 7 million times in the week after it was published!
The Huffington Post wrote an article about the Playing Out movement.
Three reports were published on 31st July, showing the benefits of playing out for children and communities. The story was picked up by over 30 national and regional media outlets, including:
- The Telegraph
- BBC Breakfast (no link available yet)
- BBC Points West and ITV West
- Sky News
- Radio 4’s Today Programme
- Woman’s Hour with Jess Read interview (University of Bristol researcher)
- Radio 5 Live.
- The Times
- The Sunday Times, including this lovely film.
- The One Show on 31st August
Members of the Playing Out team, supporters and local residents were also interviewed on local radio stations from Scotland to Cornwall! The ones we know about are:
Radio Bristol Radio Oxford Radio Sussex Radio Lancashire Radio Norfolk, Radio London, Radio Lincolnshire, Radio Devon, Radio Solent, Radio Scotland, Radio Somerset, Radio Derby, Radio Cornwall, Radio Leicester, Radio Stoke, London radio, Radio Hereford & Worcester, and Radio Shropshire.
Apolitical – a blog that shares best practice and innovative ideas for public servants – published a piece on street play.
- A mention of Playing Out in an article in The Guardian by George Monbiot about community initiatives and their role in regenerating culture and participatory politics.
- Hertfordshire Playing Out supporter Rob Schafer is interviewed by BBC Three Counties Radio about his experiences of street play.
- Jo Chesterman and Naomi Fuller are interviewed on Bristol’s BCFM radio station on the Community Access show.
- Bristol activator Kate Staniforth is interviewed on the Backchat programme, broadcast on BCFM radio in Bristol as well as broadcast to Hertfordshire, Reading, Sheffield, Birmingham, Somerset, Devon, Hull, Lincoln and Cumbria.
- Kate Staniforth and Naomi Fuller were interviewed by Pat Hart on BCfm’s One Love Breakfast show about playing out in Bristol.
- BBC Radio Sussex did a piece in two parts on Lewes District Council’s cabinet making a decision about whether to extend their street play pilot across their area. The piece featured interviews with Worthing and Lewes residents. Part two of the news piece is here.
- The Sussex Express covered news from Lewes about a pilot of playing out during the summer months. Residents from the first Lewes playing out street were quoted about how much their first session had brought neighbours together.
- Naomi Fuller interviewed on a BBC Radio Bristol phone-in programme discussing road safety and school crossing patrols.
- A news piece in the Edinburgh Reporter about a pilot street play policy launched by Edinburgh City Council allowing residents to apply for street play road closures until October 2016
- A piece in the Islington Tribune about an after school playing out session at a primary school with quotes from the headteacher about the benefits it brings for the school community.
- A piece in the Islington Gazette about a play streets session for Thornhill Primary School in north London where the street outside the school was closed to traffic and opened for play.
- An article in the Chichester Observer reporting on a playing out information sesson held to raise awareness amongst residents about street play.
- An article in Essential Surrey about the first play street in the London borough of Kingston and the enthusiasm of residents involved in making it happen.
- The Edinburgh Evening News on the decision by city councillors to stop charging residents for temporary road closures for street play. A victory for residents campaigning to organise playing out road closures regularly and for free.
- A piece in the Barnet and Potters Bar Times about residents’ plans to organise playing out sessions in their streets. Their efforts are supported by their local councillor,
- A piece in West Leeds Dispatch about the first street play session on the Broadlea estate in Leeds organised by residents.
- A news piece in the Edinburgh Evening News on a campaign by residents to get playing out happening in the city without being charged for road closures. The Time also ran a news piece and editorial on this story (link unavailable).
- Another piece in the Edinburgh Evening News with some nostalgic photos of street play in previous decades when it was a normal scene across the city.
- A piece on BBC Breakfast about the Child Friendly City initiative and a vision to make Bristol a child friendly city. Playing Out is one of three organisations working to shape this project and the piece included an interview with a Bristol street organiser and footage from a playing out session.
- A piece on New Zealand’s Radio Live about a campaign in the town of Palmerston on the north island to encourage children to spend more time outdoors. Parent Heather Knox who is behind the ‘Palmy Dirty 30’ campaign gives Playing Out a mention as inspiration behind her efforts.
- A piece in The Guardian by playing out street organiser Clare Rogers about her role in a campaign to revolutionise cycling in Enfield, north London. She writes about playing out in her street being the starting point for this wider campaign.
- A piece on STV’s news website about the ongoing campaign of residents in Edinburgh to involve others in street play in Scotland.
- Playing Out is mentioned in a piece in The Guardian on what makes cities good for children to live in – a measure they dub the ‘popsicle test’.
- The British Medical Journal publish an opinion piece on changing behaviour to encourage healthy lifestyles with the message that nagging doesn’t work! A mention for Playing Out as a fun way for children to get physical activity.
- An opinion piece in architecture and design magazine Icon on changing the culture of streets with a mention of Playing Out amongst other ideas to share street space.
- The Herald Scotland runs a piece on parents calling on Scottish councils to allow residents to apply to open their streets regularly for play. Residents have formed Street Play Glasgow and Playing Oot in Edinburgh to campaign for change.
- A piece in The Guardian on devolution, elected mayors and a campaign to crowdsource ideas from London residents for the capital’s mayoral candidates. Street play is one of the ideas already submitted and a photo of a playing out session in progress features in the article.
- Leeds resident, Helen Forman and children in her street talked about playing out and what they enjoy about it on Made in Leeds TV. Some great younger spokespeople and a TV debut for a very impressive Go-Kart!
- Ellen Smith from Nottingham PlayWorks is interviewed on BBC Radio Nottingham about street play in the city.
- A piece about Playing Out on Radio 4’s The World at One as part of their ‘Listeners’ Election series in the run up to the general election. Street organisers, stewards and children shared their views and experiences from streets in Bristol.
- Leeds resident, Helen Forman, spoke to BBC Radio Leeds about playing out in her street. She talked about how children are learning to negotiate and have fun together through their experiences of playing together in the street.
- A news piece in the Yorkshire Evening Post encouraging Leeds residents to get involved in street play in their neighbourhoods and raising awareness of support available from Leeds Play Network.
- Made in Bristol TV featured a news piece about playing out in on a street in Hartcliffe, south Bristol. Residents joined together to open their street for play supported by Knightstone Housing and us. Also featured in The Bristol Post.
A piece on Bristol 247 about the Green Capital Strategic Grants awards. Playing Out was one of 32 projects across the city awarded funding for 2015 – Bristol year as European Green Capital.
- A news piece on Get Reading about Reading council using the Town and Police Clauses Act of 1847 as the legal basis for their play streets policy going forward.
- A piece in The Bristol Post about the Green Volunteers Awards. Playing Out won an award in the Sustainable Transport Category and is mentioned with a photo of the team receiving the award.
- A feature in Around Ealing – the council’s magazine to residents – about street play in the borough.
- A news article in The Islington Gazette in which a local Green councillor questions whether the council’s play street policy is allowing enough streets in the borough to apply to close to traffic and open for play.
- Alice Ferguson quoted in a feature in The Guardian about the Making the City Playable conference in Bristol taking place on 10th and 11th September.
- Interview on BBC Radio Bristol with Naomi Fuller about the benefits of playing outside and what makes a ‘good childhood’. (Link unavailable)
- Playing Out was featured on ITV Tonight in a programme broadcast on 7th August called Do You Let Your Kids Play Out? It looked at the issues around parents wanting to protect their children from dangers but equally realising children need a chance for freedom and independence. Parents and children playing out in a Bristol street were interviewed. (Due to royalty issues we are unable to include a link to the full programme)
- News feature on ITV West telling the story behind the growth of Playing Out in Bristol and showing Bristol’s 50th street to play out under Bristol City Council’s TPSO policy.
- News piece in Islington Tribune about Labour London mayoral hopeful Christian Wolmar’s support for play streets.
- Court report in The Bristol Post about a woman who pleaded guilty to careless driving and threatening behaviour during a playing out session in a Bristol street.
- News piece in The Birmingham Mail about residents in King’s Heath opening up their street for play.
- Interview on LBC radio about the benefits of playing out.
- News piece in This Is London about playing out starting in two streets in Greenwich – the first in the borough.
- News piece in The Croydon Advertiser about the launch of a play streets policy by Croydon council.
- Article in The Guardian Life & Style section on the history of Playing Out and the experiences of residents in Worthing and Leeds.
- Article in The Chronicle about the first playing out session in Monkseaton, North Tyneside
- Article on North London online news and features site Kentish Towner about playing out in Camden
- Interview on BBC Radio Bristol‘s John Darvel show with Naomi Fuller and Bristol parent and street organiser Zoe Banks
- News piece on playing out in Reading in Get Reading online
- Piece in The Islington Tribune
- The Islington Gazette
- 24dash.com (Islington playing out story)
- Abergavenny Focus
- News piece in The Telegraph about the national revival of play streets
- Piece in The South Wales Argus about playing out in Abergavenny
- Islington Tribune
- The One Show – featuring Playing Out in Worthing
- The Atlantic Cities
- Interview with Naomi Fuller on Bristol Community Radio Station BCFM (from 10 mins in)
- An interview with Alice Ferguson and Amy Rose on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour
- Feature on Playing Out in the Family section of The Guardian
- Piece on BBC Breakfast about Playing Out in Bristol and Hackney
- Article in Richmond Magazine
- Follow up piece in The Oxford Mail on the first playing out session in Campbell Road, Oxford
- Piece in The Oxford Mail about the first playing out session in Oxford
- Piece on Bristol City Council Go Places to Play website
- Feature article in The Bristol Post about the trial of playing out in south Bristol
If you’re a journalist and are interested in running a story on street play please contact us. Sometimes we are able to take journalists to see playing out sessions in action but residents themselves need to be happy for media to be present. We are not always able to provide access at short notice but do get in touch to talk about what is possible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0117 953 7167.