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Afterschool Club Plays Outdoors

The Oasis International AfterSchool Club has embarked on an exciting project in conjunction with NI at Play over a 6 week period. Play mentor Sharon Donnelly is facilitating the project which involves all of the children getting their coats on each Tuesday and heading to the park or a suitable open space and having great fun using very basic items.

  "Playing outdoors means the usual indoor play restrictions can be left behind – outdoor play can be; loud, messy, big, experimental, adventurous, exploratory and involve an element of risk" says Sharon "NI at Play has been established to make outdoor play a priority for all"

Oasis Youth Project Leader Andrew McCreery stated that "We can see the benefits that these outdoor sessions can bring to our young people, teaching them some of the old games that have been long forgotten have the potential to improve the health and well being of kids by getting them out exercising in the fresh air and the superb open spaces that Craigavon has to offer. We also believe that we can stimulate the mind by teaching children to be creative in their play by using simple items like a rope, a tyre, or a few pieces or recycled plastic".

The project will continue, weather permitting until mid June.

We are grateful to BBC Children in Need who continue to support this important work.

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