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Free range children – The importance of play (podcast)


Tom Hall, Physical Activity Specialist for children and young people at Active Gloucestershire, speaks to Ben Morris, Director of Play at Play Gloucestershire about why play is so important to children and how they should be encouraged to play every day.

Listen to the podcast here


Tom Active Gloucestershire, GHLL and Gloucestershire NHS have been working with Play Gloucestershire to improve the health of young people across the county.


An increasing number of primary schools in Gloucestershire are benefitting from having members of staff being upskilled to deliver play across their schools, through our play nurture plus program. 


Play Nurture Plus is a project which embeds the principles of Play Gloucestershire’s award winning Play Nurture programme in schools across the county for the benefit of staff and pupils. It provides children and schools with the skills and tools needed to mitigate mental health difficulties and improve wellbeing and resilience through play.


“I did not expect the joy, commitment and excitement the project has brought to the children. You can visually see a difference in all who have taken part and the positive impact this has made on them after each session.” School Play Champion feedback


To explain more about what play nurture actually is, how it can benefit everyone and to understand how we can all play more, Tom Hall from Active Gloucestershire talked to Ben Morris, Director of Play at Play Gloucestershire, as part of the we can move podcast series. You can listen for free here.


Would you like to develop your own play nurture programme in your school? You can access the free play nurture handbook here


For more information, contact Tom Hall at


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