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20th May 2021

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Bradford families call on community to ‘bring back outdoor play’ for their children

For Outdoor Classroom Day, families in Bradford have joined up with the JU:MP (Join Us: Move. Play) team, to launch their own video ‘Bring back outdoor play’ - to call on the Bradford community to help children and their families recover from the stress of lockdown and a year of Covid upheaval.

As the government draws up its latest education catch-up plans, Bradford families and JU:MP are appealing to the local community for a new emphasis on play, as children and their family members emerge from lockdown.

Ruhi, mum to Suhaan (11), Salman (10), Mahnoor (8) and Manha (4), was eager to take part in the video: “I think more and more children today have less and less contact with the natural world and just being outdoors. And this is having a huge impact on their health. I’d love to see children playing out more, like we used to do years ago. It’s the perfect time with Summer coming!”

Hina and Asif, parents of Muhammad (9), Salahudeen (6) and Eemaan (4), were also delighted to take part, Hina said: “It’s tough being a parent trying to make sure your kids are healthy and have time outdoors, when there are other things that run through your mind like ‘stranger danger’, the amount of traffic on the road, or unease of local groups hanging around the parks.”

“But it also feels like it’s our time now, as parents, to support one another, whatever those anxieties are, and show our kids that we’re all in this together. We can reclaim our streets, our parks and community spirit, by fighting for the rights of our children – to bring back outdoor play for them – and for ourselves.”

By joining the movement to ‘bring back outdoor play’ families receive:

· Automatic entry into the Summer Outdoor Play Prize Draw: To win a brand-new scooter!

· A FREE supporter play pack: Including outdoor play equipment and a calendar of 30 fun activities

· Weekly JU:MP Outdoors activity ideas and top tips

· The JU:MP newsletter: Regular updates about activities happening in your area and the latest local government updates/guidelines

LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN. LET’S BRING BACK OUTDOOR PLAY - TOGETHER!

Join the JU:MP movement at https://joinusmoveplay.org/outdoors and the #Bringbackoutdoorplay conversation because #OutdoorPlayMatters.

Watch the video here.

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