We believe every young person should have access to the power of play in their community. That is the opportunity to participate in creative play activities through sports and the arts that contribute to their well-being and also their continued development. The power of play begins with safety, a safe place which becomes the ‘home ground’ for the young people. We work with the local community to create activities according to a fixed schedule which the young people can attend. These activities are delivered by the local coaches.
Every activity created has a clear aim based on the foundations of safety, fun, inclusion, teamwork, and young people’s voices.
which focus on not just the physical, social, and emotional well-being of each young person but also their goals and their future. To achieve the true potential of play we focus on inclusion, creativity and the young people’s voices.
Our power of play focuses on sports, arts, and community opportunities based on safe play, creativity, and young people’s voices.
Our mission is to create sports & arts opportunities
Not only is this critical to each young person’s physical, social, and emotional well-being but it is a platform for their goals and future. Furthermore, the power of play is a critical contributor to the communities collective well-being, unity and development.
Marginalized communities: social pressures on guardians/parents, some children who are socially abandoned etc etc
The power of play is recognized in article 31 of the UN Rights of the Child:
” States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”
Dr Renée Pirkl
“As the brain forms , it is critical to a child’s future to have a safe space to play and develop, a place where they are valued, have a role and feel heard. Physical & creative activity impact well-being not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Activity creates a space to build reliability through attendance, rules, structures and teamwork. It offers a setting where a young person has the support and responsibility to make choices, choices that have consequences and allows them to compete to test and build their stress responses.”
Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development.4–6 It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers.7–14 As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges.7,10,15 Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills.7,10,11,16 When play is allowed to be child driven, children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover their own areas of interest, and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue.7
According to the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family studies, “engaging and transformative youth-adult relationships exert the greatest impact on youth who are the most marginalized. This pattern of differential impact demonstrates that the factors that contribute to resilience, such as engagement, are contextually sensitive. For youth with the fewest resources, engagement may influence their life trajectories more than for youth with greater access to support.” (Unger, 2013)
The youth-adult dynamic in a safe setting gives each youth the full attention they require whilst also giving a platform to their messages for the community. In marginalized communities we often see children who are less verbal and as a consequence, play offers a safe and trusted place to express themselves.
Children’s developmental trajectory is critically mediated by appropriate, affective relationships with loving and consistent caregivers as they relate to children through play.4 When parents observe their children in play or join with them in child-driven play, they are given a unique opportunity to see the world from their child’s vantage point as the child navigates a world perfectly created just to fit his or her needs.
We create community-led sports & arts programs for at-risk youth, supporting their .