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Freedom to Play project brings play sessions to ATC Pirbright

Children and young people are being offered the space and freedom to play in a joint project between Guildford Borough Council and the Armed Forces Community Covenant, called Freedom to Play.

Our Playrangers will deliver 30 free Saturday play sessions at ATC Pirbright, starting on 6 May. We believe that outdoor play is crucial to children's health, wellbeing and happiness. Our Playrangers offer opportunities for play by bringing resources, materials and play equipment to the site where children (aged five to twelve) can then help themselves. Playrangers also plan a semi-structured activity during each session to help build creativity, confidence and skills.

Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Community, Health and Sport says: "Playing outside regularly from a young age encourages life-long habits of a healthy and active lifestyle and is important for development, plus physical and emotional well-being. We are very lucky to have such a good variety of outside play options in Guildford and the surrounding villages. Freedom to Play demonstrates our continued commitment to encourage sustainable opportunities to play for all our young people and we hope lots of young people from all over Guildford will benefit from this."

As part of the project, 48 places on the Council's popular school holiday play scheme, FISH, will also be provided free of charge to service families in greatest need. Each young person will go on two day trips as part of their week at FISH, with free transport provided to and from ATC Pirbright.

Freedom to Play will also provide two community fun days at Beach Grove play area, where a variety of play activities will be available for children and young people of all ages.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Deputy Leader of Guildford Borough Council adds: "We are pleased to be launching the Freedom to Play scheme in Pirbright, supporting Armed Forces families and building on our existing links with the ATC Pirbright community.

"Freedom to Play offers a chance for children to meet people from across the borough, helping build community spirit. Our FISH play scheme is a great place to make new friends, try different activities and make the most of the school holidays, so we're delighted to be able to offer a number of free places to local families."

Published on Monday 20 March.