Here is the item on street play that was broadcast on The One Show last Monday (24 June 2013). It focuses on the road closure session in Worthing that I described in my post from a couple of weeks ago (and yes, I do pop up a couple of times, flying the flag for outdoor play).
In fact The One Show devoted another 2 or 3 minutes to the topic on top of this clip, with some lively exchanges and a big thumbs-up back in the studio. TV celebrity Alan Titchmarsh in particular was strident in his calls for children to be allowed the kind of everyday freedoms that previous generations had enjoyed.
The piece is further evidence that street play is now moving into the mainstream. The next few years are going to be exciting times, as I realised when I was invited to the Playing Out Shop last Friday for a chat about how playing in the street can once more become a normal and accepted part of everyday life in residential areas. It’s a question that I am sure to return to here.
Anyone interested in getting involved in the Playing Out movement (and I think we can now call it a movement) needs to head over to its website. It also has a very lively group on Facebook (which you need to ask to join).