Highland Council and Play Highland are urging school groups, charities and community organisations to apply for a £1,000 Play Award before the 17 February deadline.

The Council, in association with Play Highland, are offering the award to the group, organisation or community that has done the most to promote play. The annual award is presented by the Play Improvement Group, which works to promote self-directed free play with daily access to the outdoors.

The 2016 award was won by Smithton Primary School Outdoor Explorers After School Club and the Green Leaf Garden. They developed different play zones at the school including a ‘mud kitchen’ and a den building area.

The 2017 award is open to any school group, charity or community organisation working with children and young people at any age group from infants up to aged 18.

Applicants for 2017 will be assessed under the following criteria.
•Promotion/implementation of the Highland Play Strategy
•Promotion of free play
•Innovation
•Promotion of inclusion
•Can we learn from it – is it transferrable?

For further information and application form are available at: www.playhighland.co.uk (external link).

The closing date for submissions is noon on 17 February 2017