Services from across Cheshire East Council joined together with many local partners as Crewe got in the spirit of ‘National Play Day’ on Wednesday.
The national day, which started in 1987 with just a couple of events, is now the biggest celebration of children’s play in the UK. This is the second time that Crewe has hosted the event with Queens Park being the venue on both occasions.
The play day included activities such as archery, football, space-hopping, arts and crafts and den-building.
The team at Cheshire East also organised 10 minute ‘shake-up’ activities – a ‘Change4Life’ programme of exercises for children and young people.
Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities and finance, said: “I want to say a big thank you to everyone involved in making this event happen. It demonstrates why play is fundamental for children’s enjoyment of childhood, and vital for their health, well-being and development.
“The event was a brilliant example of connected communities coming together and working in true partnership to deliver a fun and free event for children and families to enjoy.”
The council were supported by many different community groups and partners including Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Everybody Sport and Recreation, Friends of Queens Park, Creative Crewe, Active Cheshire and Cheshire East wholly-owned company, Ansa.
There is strong evidence that regular physical activity is associated with numerous health benefits for children. National guidelines recommend that children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous activity for at least 60 minutes per day.