Fun and games at Street Feast cel­e­bra­tions

COUNTY COUN­CIL AND SPORTS PART­NER­SHIP PRO­VID­ING PLAY PACKS TO OR­GAN­IS­ERS

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

WICK­LOW County Coun­cil and the Wick­low Lo­cal Sports Part­ner­ship are again lend­ing their support to the Street Feast move­ment as part of National Play Day.

Last year, the coun­cil and the sports part­ner­ship came to­gether and got be­hind Street Feast, as they aimed to pro­mote play and en­cour­age communities to or­gan­ise en­er­getic and fun play activities in neigh­bour­hoods across the county.

Ten groups took part in 2017, with over 250 chil­dren getting ac­tive in their com­mu­nity. These groups were en­cour­aged to keep their play equip­ment, so they could con­tinue to host ac­tive play ses­sions on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Street Feast is back again this year and any group host­ing an event is in­vited to col­lect a bag of play equip­ment worth €50 to en­cour­age fun and ac­tive play within their com­mu­nity.

‘No time is spent bet­ter than help­ing your com­mu­nity to be­come a bet­ter place. Your com­mu­nity was born to play,’ Denise O’Shea, the Sports De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer from Wick­low Lo­cal Sports Part­ner­ship. ‘Hav­ing the free­dom to step out­side your own front door and kick a ball around, skip or play a game of tag is noth­ing new. But most kids now have far less free­dom to play out­side than their par­ents or grand­par­ents did. And although the world may have changed for to­day’s kids, their need for play has not.’

Ms O’Shea pointed out that the act of play al­lows chil­dren to use their cre­ativ­ity while devel­op­ing imag­i­na­tion, dex­ter­ity, and phys­i­cal, cog­ni­tive, and emo­tional strength. As more and more stud­ies shed light on this fun­da­men­tal ele­ment to healthy childhood de­vel­op­ment, she hopes we will all find ways to make our communities more child- and play-friendly.

Street Feast is a day of lo­cal lunches across Ire­land hosted by lo­cal communities and neigh­bours. Events can be any­where - out on the street, in a lo­cal park or in a front gar­den. The play ele­ment for chil­dren is in­cor­po­rated into Street Feast.

To get in­volved con­tact wick­lowlsp@wick­low­coco.ie.

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