SLIDESHOW: Kids reclaim the street and play out

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A Lupset road was painted in bright colours and closed to traffic as children turned back the clock and discovered what it was like to play in the street.

They were given a taste of times gone by as part of the Playing Out Campaign, a national push to reclaim the streets for today’s youngster’s.

St George's Community Centre, Lupset, host a Playing Out session for children from Gargrave Place. The fun and games are designed to encourage kids to play out more and enjoy traditional street games such as hopscotch and skipping.'w314b435

St George's Community Centre, Lupset, host a Playing Out session for children from Gargrave Place. The fun and games are designed to encourage kids to play out more and enjoy traditional street games such as hopscotch and skipping.'w314b435

St George’s Community Centre in Lupset worked in partnership with local organisations to run the playing out session for families that live on Gargrave Place- which was closed to traffic throughout.

A team of volunteers including WDH staff, Coun Bill Sanders, community centre staff and members of the community cleared the area to make it play friendly.

The event included old fashioned games such as hop scotch, tag, hide and seek, skipping and clapping games.

Sheena Woodward, health and wellbeing project coordinator at St George’s Community Centre, said: “It was a real delight to see children playing, being active and enjoying themselves, safe in the knowledge residents and volunteers where looking out for their wellbeing.

“They didn’t want us to leave.

“Residents cars were allowed access but had to drive at a walking pace with a marshal leading them. “Children were made aware of them and played off the road until marshals advised safe to play again.

“It was a pleasure to run the session at Gargrave Place and I would like to personally thank all the residents for helping us make it a success.”

Playing Out is a national initiative which was originally started by parents and residents in Bristol.

It aims to create an atmosphere where children can play outside in a safe environment.

Miss Woodward added: “In today’s society there are many barriers to children playing out such as their safety.

“But by working with parents the aim of this project is to break down those barriers and ensure safe, healthy and innovative play.

“We would like to run another Playing Out session later in October.”