Highland Council Community Play Award 2019

The Highland Council, in association with Play Highland, are offering an award of £1000 to the group, organisation or community that has done the most to promote play. The priority focus for this year’s Play Highland Improvement Plan is inclusive play.

Applications that emphasise how they have promoted inclusive play are invited. The scoring system will be weighted accordingly.
The annual award is presented by the Play Improvement Group, which works to promote self-directed free play with daily access to the outdoors. The 2019 award is open to any school group, charity or community organisation working with children and young people at any age group from infants up to aged 18.

In the past few years the award has been won by:

  • 2018 – Lundavra Primary School Nursery. They provide an excellent range of self-directed and inclusive play that incorporates, loose parts, imagination and creativity at its core
  • 2017 – Roots and Shoots Highland CIC, they provide opportunities for child-led adventurous play in a natural environment using a ‘Forest School’ approach.
  • 2016 – Smithton Primary School Outdoor Explorers After School Club and the Green Leaf Garden. They developed different play zones at the school including a ‘mud kitchen’ and a den building area.
  • 2015 – Afters@TRACC, a CALA managed out of school club, won the award the development of very low cost play opportunities that promote free play. The vehicle for this play was drainpipes!

You are invited to submit information about the work you have undertaken on this form. You will find the Highland Play Strategy and useful information on good practice at: http://www.playhighland.co.uk/


The winner will be the highest scorer overall based on the following criteria:

  1. Promotion of inclusion
  2. Promotion/implementation of the Highland Play Strategy
  3. Promotion of free play
  4. Innovation
  5. Can we learn from it – is it transferrable?

Play awards application form 2019


For more information contact Sharon Bailey Business Support Officer, The Highland Council. Sharon.Bailey@highland.gov.uk

Tel: 01463 702473

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