Simply Play – Press Articles


Children Playing at Brockwell Park

Photograph courtesy of Land Use Consultants

During the process of developing Simply Play there has been interest in the assessment from a variety of people including; landscapers, architects, playworkers, schools and numerous local authorities. As an assessment which can be used by professionals from many different fields there has been interest in Simply Play from a wide variety of publications. We have begun to upload some of the published articles on to this site. Different Case studies on individual projects can be found by clicking here. We have found that people have used it not only to begin the process of creating designs based on the current play value of their identified sites but also in policy development and funding applications. This can only be a good thing as it all adds to the improvement of play opportunities. And after all that is what it is all about. Simply Play.

The latest article regarding Simply Play can be found by clicking here.


Thurrock Thameside Nature Park


Hedgehog – Simply Play Consultation

Simply Play as a play value assessment process has been proving its own value through a recent consultation with local people and visitors to the Thurrock Thameside Nature Park in Essex. we have been working with local schools, riders groups, cycling organisations, trustees and volunteers to seek out local opinion on a potential new play area at the Visitors Centre on site. Managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust the Nature Park is an exciting reclamation of an old land fill site and is host to a great diversity of wildlife. From the migrating birds to the local Brown Hares.

It has been an exciting two months having discussions with local about the plans for the site and the Centre it self is going from strength to strength with high visitor numbers.

If you are in the area it is well worth a visit.

Play Research Network Meeting

On Thursday 6th September we had the opportunity to present Simply Play at the Play Research Network meeting, hosted by Leeds Metropolitan University and chaired by Dr. Fraser Brown. During the day presentations were given on a range of topics and research projects. Other presentations included; an update by Steven Chown of Play England on behalf of Alex Hunt on the National Trust’s, Natural Childhood campaign,  Information about the Reclaiming Street Play project from Roisin McCooey of Playboard, Northern Ireland, Research supporting the case for play from Dr. Angie Page at University of Bristol.

More information on this event and details of the presentations can be found on Play England’s Website or by clicking here.

Hello and Welcome

Hello to those who have heard about Simply Play, the new Play Value assessment through the grapevine. Welcome to those of you who have read about Simply Play in various articles over the Summer. Thank you to all of you who have been part of the development of Simply Play.

The Simply Play assessment can now be accessed by clicking on the Survey tab above or if you wish it to open in a new window push the Brown Muddy Hand to the right of the screen.

After much testing and development, which can be read about in the History section of the website the Simply Play Assessment has now been released. This on-line version which you are able to access has been developed by members of Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University. Simply Play will send you your results as a chart by email as you reach the end of the 45 questions. We are continuing to work on improving some aspects of its functionality and design so all comments and feedback on your experience of using Simply Play are welcome.

The assessment could take around an hour to undertake depending on your familiarity with both the process and the space you are evaluating.

Content is being added to the website to help support the understanding of the themes in the Simply Play assessment and an understanding of Play.

Thank you for visiting. We hope that you find Simply Play a useful and effective part of your play space development. Feel free to contact us on if you have any questions or queries.

Simply Play – In the Field

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On 26th April 2012 Simply Play was taken to Hyde Park, London for testing in the field, the play field. Along with a group of well respected and highly knowledgeable experts from the world of play, three playable spaces in Hyde Park were visited and assessed.

 In addition to independent play consultants such as PLAYLINK there were, landscape artchitects, representatives from Kids, Play England, Play Scotland, as well as officers from a number of local authorities and representatives from Royal Parks.

The day was the culmination of 18 months research and modification of the play value assesment tool, Simply Play. With visits to three sites including an area that was playable though not a designated play space the assesment was shown to have versitility and application in a variety of spaces. The site visits were followed by round table discussions to support the refinement of the assessment.

Mark Gladwin, secretary of Yorkshire Play and member of Play England’s Strategic Board commented;

” Simply Play has the potential to expand understanding of what play is about; to foster critical awareness of the shortcomings of many so called playgrounds; and to provoke refelection on how playspaces can be improved.”

Yorkshire Play Newsletter Issue 6

Thanks go to all those who gave up their time to attend as their input and feedback was invaluable in the development of Simply Play.

Simply Play

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After over a year of testing and development Simply Play is available for use. So what is Simply Play?

Simply Play is a simple effective play-led assessment that can be accessed on line here. It is the starting point for successful play space development. With 45 questions to answer, Simply Play gives you a full picture of the play value of any given environment. It identifies clearly the strengths of any given space and highlights the areas which would benefit from development.

This assessment can be undertaken in wild space, school yards and public parks, areas designated specifically for play or those where play occurs regardless. It can be used in space allocated for play area development, existing play areas and can become part of any monitoring or assessment as part of the play offer.

For more information on the development of Simply Play please click here.