Hey Boingers, welcome to the PlayDiary. I will be writing some thoughts, reflections, learnings and hopefully some innovations from the team in this Blog to support the journey of our coaches, teachers and volunteers engaged with the Boing Project. I love working with coaches and teachers and supporting organisations - from grassroots to elite sport - and understanding what makes practices work for young people! As Director of Research and Impact at Boing I am fortunate to collate all the insights from our various teams and therefore this Blog is a way to crystallise this info and put it out to you all!
This is my first venture into writing online, and we will occasionally be vlogging too (so our Head of Development tells me!), so look out for those soon on Twitter and more!
At Boing, we’ve been trying to build momentum over the last seven years to get kids active through play! And we have great fun ‘playing’ too as can be seen in some of our get togethers in recent years.
We are a nerdy team trying to support coaches, teachers, community workers and children to be engaged in sound practice. By this, I mean that we want to do all the hard work behind the scenes and then support you all to run engaging, thoughtful and creative physical activity sessions wherever you are. So, we developed our PlayTank which is a free online world full of resources and PlayGames for everyone to use in their practice. We did this in our ‘development lab’ which we ran in Oxford at United Learning for 4 years. The PlayTank is where we put all of our new and creative PlayGames and ideas, and we feed those into something we’ve called the PlayVenture, a new online training programme. We’re trying to take all of our learning from the research and coaching teams and feed that into development opportunities for every coach, teacher and youth volunteers in community groups.
To help us on this mission, we have partnered with Sport England, UK Coaching and over 60 other national partners to start to build our little project into a sustainable movement. We love collaborating with others, and this Blog will be a way of connecting and telling some of the stories as they emerge.
So, if you have an interesting Boing story to tell or just want to connect in and become a Boinger, get in touch. Happy New Year to you all, let’s hope 2021 is a good one! Feel free to get in touch with any questions by clicking on the link here.