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More opportunities to meet the Play Rangers

With the lighter evenings and warmer weather on its way, children in West Oxfordshire now have more opportunities to meet the district’s ‘Play Rangers’ and get active outdoors.

The project, which aims to encourage children and young people to play outdoors and make the most of their local parks, is celebrating its first anniversary this month (April) and has recently expanded to cover more areas of the district.

Equipped with bucket loads of fun items, from face paints to footballs, Play Rangers Helen Morrison and Mark Excell visit the following locations every week between 3.30pm and 6pm to hold sessions for 5 to 16-year-olds:
Middle Barton: Recreation Ground, Worton Road, every Monday
Carterton: Trefoil Way play area, Shilton Park, every Tuesday
Stonesfield: Recreation Ground, Field Close, every Wednesday
Chipping Norton: New Street Recreation Ground every Thursday

The Play Rangers project was set up after West Oxfordshire District Council secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF). It is managed by Oxfordshire Play Association and funding also comes from Oxfordshire County Council.

Cllr Hilary Biles, West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Health, said: “Being active and enjoying the outdoors is so important for children and young people, and the project gives them a chance to explore new activities. Parents and carers can join in so it can be a family event. It is a great way of having fun and I would like to encourage children and young people to go along and give it a try.”

All sessions are free and children can come and go as they please. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents should be aware that the Play Rangers are not responsible for children who attend, but are there to help them use their own imagination and have fun creating activities.

Anyone wanting more information about the Play Rangers should call 07515 191724 or visit www.oxonplay.org.uk/playrangers

Posted : 15/04/2009 18:02:44

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