The API turns 35!

Our Chairman, Robin Sutcliffe, attended the Association of Play Industries (APIs) Annual General Meeting and dinner on 2nd May, where the API celebrated its 35th anniversary; complete with a competitive golf tournament for members, and a birthday cake for the occasion.

Robin, a founder member of the API (pictured, far right), is shown here with API members  Mark Hardy, Nick Palmer, Deborah Holt and Calvin Dalais (left to right), as he prepares to cut the cake.

Mark Hardy, API Chair, said: “In this our 35th year, we will continue to campaign and lobby at the highest levels for renewed and urgent investment in playgrounds.  The AGM is an opportunity to consider how far we’ve come and to plan for the future, and the dinner and golf event provided a great chance to network and catch up with industry colleagues. A huge thank you to our members for their continued support.

“The recent Nowhere to Play and A Movement for Movement campaigns and research have shown that not only is there a steep decline in playground provision, but that children also face a strong inducement from screens to stay indoors. We are working on some exciting new communications activities over the coming year to stimulate renewed investment in playgrounds and promote the health and wellbeing of children.”

This year’s AGM dinner also raised £300 for the organisation’s chosen charity, Young Minds, which aims to support children and young people’s mental health.