Families playing and learning together.

Sport England, through their Families Fund investment, have announced funding opportunities of £40m over the next 3 years (£10 million for the first round opening in July 2017) and is awarding projects between £50,000 and £500,000.

Create Development is looking to work in partnership with organisations and providers with experience and a track record of working with families to provide real play as a solution. Create Development has worked with over 1,500 families, 4,000 schools and has trained over 18,000 practitioners having a positive impact on over 1 million children.

View real play in action:

Why real play?

  • real play provides a groundbreaking, proven solution with a unique approach and fun strategies to encourage families to play, learn and be physically active together.
  • Flexible options allow focused intervention with groups of families, one-to-one mentoring and whole group solutions.
  • Meeting the outcomes of the Government's strategy: real play supports children and families to be active outside of school for at least 30 minutes a day. The outcomes include improving their health and wellbeing and relationships between families and the community. By working together with families we can support them to break down barriers, improve relationships and reduce social isolation.

What makes real play unique?

Measured outcomes include improvements in:

  • family activity levels
  • parents’/carers’ engagement and confidence
  • children’s physical development
  • children’s Personal, Social skills and Emotional wellbeing

An impact report is included in the programme to prove the difference it has made and to celebrate the positive changes and improvements in the areas above.

Home resources

As part of the programme families receive magical resources to engage the whole family, provide support and guidance on how to play together and most importantly focus on having fun. They also encourage creative play so families can enjoy being active whilst having lots of choice.

Who is real play for?

real play is for all families, but we want to focus on supporting families from disadvantaged backgrounds and who have young children.

Type of partnership: This is flexible but we are looking for Partners who work directly with families, who share a similar vision to create better life chances for all families and who are looking for creative solutions and partnerships to achieve this vision.

Engagement of families: Whilst we have models and options ready including training and support for Partners to run the programme directly, we are open to creative and flexible solutions to engage families.

Next step

The programme is ready to roll out immediately.

To work in partnership with us get in touch with Danielle Haynes at dh@createdevelopment.co.uk or on 020 8863 0304 to register your interest.

"Aidan used to be a loner and would just sit and watch but now he is a very active child." Parent, Gaskell Community Primary School, Bolton
"The girls loved real play. They developed skills such as: team work, taking turns, helping others and making new friends. As a family it was a great opportunity for us all to be together, exercising in a fun way." Parent, East Hunsbury Primary School, Wiltshire
"I like playing ball with my mummy." Nicholas, pupil, Gaskell Community Primary School, Bolton
"All activities I participated in have been memorable. Games were very creative; great experience all round..." Parent, St Benedict's Catholic Primary School, Warrington
"We played lots of games and had fun. I got to make new friends." Pupil, Gaskell Community Primary School, Bolton

Creating positive relationships with physical activity for life

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