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ParkPlay has arrived in County Durham!

by | Jul 26, 2021 | News

“It was really fun. I especially liked the snake part which got me out of breath a lot”.

“It was super fun! The mirror where we copied each other was excellent”- this is what two children who took park in Hackworth Park said about ParkPlay!

Every Saturday morning, PlayPark gives you the opportunity to meet, move and play games together with others in your local community. People of all ages can take part in a range of games and activities including dodgeball, frisbee, scavenger hunts and quick cricket, and best of all it’s all for free!

The past year has highlighted how essential strong, happy, active communities are for all of us. ParkPlay gives local people the opportunity to be active with others in a fun, informal and safe environment. There’s no special kit or experience required. It’s all about turning up, joining in, cheering each other on and bringing your friends along next time.

‘Active Shildon’, the initiative which brings together local organisations who are working together to achieve one goal, improve physical activity in the area, were delighted that 40 people took part in the launch of the County’s first ever ParkPlay at Hackworth Park, Shildon on Saturday,

The event was officially opened by Shildon’s Town Mayor, Louise Mather, ‘’I’m absolutely delighted Shildon is the first town in the Northeast to be hosting ParkPlay sessions. ParkPlay provides a fantastic opportunity for our community to get together in our beautiful park, have lots of fun and get active. The first session was a great success and I’m sure ParkPlay Shildon will go from strength to strength.’’

The session was led by local lad Ben Trotter who is excited to be Shildon’s Play Leader, “I am over the moon to be involved in such a fantastic opportunity- this provides the people of Shildon an informal way of taking part in physical activity on a Saturday morning for free. I am looking forward to leading this and I hope that the local people come along and have fun! Whatever the weather we will be there every week.”

ParkPlay is a charity supported by Sport England with a mission to give everyone the opportunity to experience the life-changing power of play and activity. ParkPlay’s vision is to successfully launch and establish ParkPlay across the UK and to be in 450 parks by 2026. Rick Jenner, CEO of ParkPlay said, “We’re so pleased to be starting ParkPlay in County Durham, and coming to the North East this summer (having only restarted in April). This has been made possible by the brilliant and generous support of local people and organisations, especially County Durham Sport and local town and county councils. We’ve got big plans for ParkPlay in the North East so please get in touch if you’re interested in ParkPlay coming to your area or becoming a PlayLeader.”

County Durham’s first ever ParkPlay event in Hackworth Park has been possible thanks to support from local partners including County Durham Sport, Shildon Town Council and Active Shildon.

More parks in County Durham will be launching over the coming months, including at Crook and Esh Winning. ParkPlay wants to bring the power of play to as many people possible. If you want to see free fun and games in your community suggest your local park now or head to to register for an existing session.