“Every country, all kids play the same”
Sood, Angela, Fatima and Belinda told stories about playing in fields, round blocks and up and down stairs. We talked about the differences in play now and what obstacles prevent outdoor play. We talked about free, unorganised play and more structured team games. We were also lucky to be joined by Soloman who was on work experience. There was much said about video games being a barrier but we also talked about their benefits- how ‘you can be in your own world’. There was a wish for more local green space available to “roll down and stare up at the sky”. The group also feel that young people should be able to access sports teams in St Pauls- particularly Basketball. It was a really enjoyable afternoon and I look forward to talking to more groups about memories of play.
You can listen to a short snippet of the group talking about wink murder and other games here:
If you are part of a group in Ashley, Easton or Lawrence Hill and you would like to share your memories for this project, please get in touch.