Sport and play-based educational activities tackling serious social issues
Children who play together learn to work together and to accept and respect each other’s different abilities. Playdagogy uses an evidence-based methodology to engage children creatively in recognising, understanding and addressing social issues through participation in sport.
By inserting educational messages into sporting activities, Playdagogy teaches children about challenges related to different social issues, using experiential learning and symbolic interaction. This enables them to explore ways to overcome these issues by critically reflecting on their environment, social attitudes, behaviour and knowledge.
We provide TRAINING AND RESOURCES, to teachers, sports coaches and community organisations interested in using Playdagogy session in their school, sports club or youth centre. Our training is fully accredited and endorsed by SkillsActive.
We are also able to deliver Playdagogy sessions directly to your school or youth service. If you are interested in our expert delivery staff coming in to either run a one-off session, deliver multiple sessions over a whole day, or deliver a bespoke programme of up to 10 sessions over several weeks please contact us directly for more information (details at bottom of page).
How it works
Our mission is to enable disabled and non-disabled children to work and play together equally by providing educators with the training and resources they need to tackle discrimination
To achieve this we:
- Work in partnership with relevant experts and academic institutions to research and design quality controlled and accredited educational activities and trainings.
- Deliver accredited training programmes to staff in organisations.
- Provide all the necessary materials and resources to run sessions.
- Work with and support partners in London and across the UK.
- Evaluate and refine activities to ensure best practice.
- Train practitioners, staff and young people so they can deliver the material to the highest standard.
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What we do
As PLAY International (formerly Sports Sans Frontières)’s UK partner, we develop games and physical activities designed to tackle particular social issues. Containing impactful educational messages, these games offer young people an active and enjoyable pathway to learning and enhance educators’ ability to address social issues in new and powerful ways.
Aimed at children aged 7-12+, our games and sporting activities tackle poor health, combat discrimination, and enhance self-confidence, communication and social skills. In particular, our educational curricula tackle:
- Disability Discrimination
- Wellbeing / Mental Health
- Gender and Relationship Issues
- “Playdagogy training enhances the knowledge and confidence of educators, supporting them to address issues relating to disability and discrimination with children. […] The Playdagogy Programme challenges disabling attitudes and encourages children to develop more positive and enabling attitudes towards disabled peers and others.” Beckett 2016: 3
- “The Cambridge House Playdagogy programme is perceived to offer something ‘different’ and have a valuable role to play with regard to equipping practitioners to deliver inclusive sport/physical activity sessions. In addition, there are clear benefits for those who participate in the programme, most notably in terms of enhanced understanding of impairment and knowledge of activities/games to enhance inclusive practice (for educators/teachers) and developing social/communication skills (for young people).” Sandford and Giulianotti 2016: iv
If you work with schools, community youth/sports organisations or football clubs and are interested in learning how to include Playdagogy sessions in your work or how you can use sports and game-based education to tackle social issues then we would like to hear from you. Our training and materials are accredited by SkillsActive and participants earn 6 CPD/REPS points for taking part.
Quotes from Children:
Q: Why do you think you are doing this project?
Saira (age 10): “We are learning… Sometimes it’s like, really bad if you don’t help someone, because you know, if you had a disability, you’d want someone to help you. So that’s why we learn about disabilities, to help people.
Q: What have you learned during the project?
Brandon (age 11): “I’ve learned that when we had the blindfolds on, like what blind people experience, they have a guide, who tells them to go left or right and forwards or backwards, I learned a lot… How to listen, because you really, really need to listen and be quiet. It’s taught me that when someone has a disability, it can be hard for people and I should help them.”
Q: Have you noticed any differences in people’s behaviour during the project?
Tom (age 8): “My friend used to not play with this disabled person, and now, after the sessions, my friend actually plays with him, and volunteers to help with his work and look out for him.”
For more info, contact Rachel Zipfel: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 358 7716
The Playdagogy project is carried out with the support of the Laureus ‘Sport for Good Foundation’ and the Peter Harrison Foundation