Wellness Posts

The Rise Of The Trim Trail

Friday, 20th January 2017 4:47 pm
You only have to read interviews with head teachers to realise how important trim trails for schools are. When head teachers are describing all of the positive aspects of their schools they mention teaching, reward systems, circle time, forest areas and that they have a trim trail in the playground. Having playground equipment that encourages […] Read more

Trim Trails For School

Monday, 19th September 2016 4:20 pm
To the untrained adult eye trim trails for schools appear to be a collection of wooden logs and bridges laid out to look like an obstacle course. Children on the other hand see challenges, adventures and hours of entertainment. Trim trails help children to develop physically, emotionally, socially and imaginatively. All children enjoy playing on […] Read more

How School Playground Equipment Encourages Active Learning

Thursday, 16th June 2016 10:36 am
The emphasis on academic achievement at school and access to numerous gadgets at home encourage children to spend a lot of time inside.  Children who don’t get the opportunity to play outside, miss out on many surprising health benefits and learning opportunities. School playground equipment allows children to participate in free play activities during break […] Read more

Be Active Be Healthy – the new Playdale staff mantra!

Tuesday, 10th May 2016 4:12 pm
Earlier on this year, in conjunction with Clare Tonkin, Fitness Coordinator at North Country Leisure’s Ulverston Leisure Centre, we launched our very first ‘Be Active, Be Healthy’ campaign. The idea behind it was to motivate and encourage the workforce to be healthy and active. With a healthier staff, there’s no doubt that any business can […] Read more

Combat Obesity With Outdoor Gym Equipment

Tuesday, 3rd May 2016 4:05 pm
Councils are increasingly aware of the need to encourage people in their areas to exercise. Some are installing outdoor gym equipment to help combat obesity.  Often gym membership costs and lack of motivation prevents individuals from getting regular exercise. The Cost Of Obesity Outdoor gym equipment won’t only allow you to wear summer clothes confidently […] Read more

Hitting the right notes with musical playground equipment

Wednesday, 20th April 2016 3:52 pm
Creativity can often look and sound a little bit like chaos to the observer but to the creator they are painting the most beautiful picture or composing the most bewitching piece of music you will ever hear.  Music lessons are renowned for being a conflict between achieving learning objectives and keeping a sensible sound level […] Read more

Everyone can enjoy the magic with inclusive playground design

Thursday, 24th March 2016 4:45 pm
Inclusive playground designs for children of all ages and abilities is vital for; physical, social, emotional and imaginative development.  The Centre for Universal Design at North Carolina State University have identified seven main principles of inclusive playground design; be fair, be smart, be independent, be safe, be active and be comfortable. Popular playgrounds     […] Read more

Matt will run the streets of London to safeguard the UK’s outdoor spaces

Wednesday, 24th February 2016 3:52 pm
Playdale’s CNC and CGL Assemblies Team Leader Matt McGinley, is running this year’s London Marathon on Sunday 24th April, in aid of the fantastic charity Fields in Trust (FIT). This will be Matt’s first ever marathon event, he is training hard and very much looking forward to it. Fields in Trust (FIT) were founded in […] Read more

Getting Into A Spin With Playground Roundabouts

Tuesday, 5th January 2016 11:16 am
What is it about spinning on playground roundabouts that children enjoy so much? According to Gill Connell, author of, ‘Moving To Learn,’ it is that, ‘Spinning on his own is a child’s natural way to ’test‘ his sense of balance’.  Small children instinctively roll, spin, rock and hang upside down because their brains crave vestibular […] Read more

How Training Buddies Help Adults To Get Fit For Free

Wednesday, 21st October 2015 3:51 pm
According to, ‘Which’, people in Britain waste a total of 37 million pounds on gym membership and home gym equipment every year.  This equates to approximately £300 per person. The cost refers to forgotten direct debits and unused exercise equipment languishing at home. Many people join the gym in the New Year after overindulging at […] Read more
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