Sheffield play team is ‘one of the best’

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A group which runs a play project for children in Burngreave has been hailed as one of the best in the country.

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, on Melrose Road, was highlighted at the National Play Conference in Eastbourne last week as a shining example of good practice.

The playground committee was set up in 2013 by residents with the aim of bridging gaps in play services left by cuts to Sheffield Council.

Since then it has garnered praise for its activities during the Tour de France and from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

It was shortlisted for the playwork team of the year award at the conference for the second year in a row.

Patrick Meleady, playground manager, said: “This is good news for Sheffield and our playwork team that we have been formally identified again as being one of the top five playwork teams in the UK.

“This award recognises staff teams that are well trained, provide an inclusive service, are passionate about play and are making significant steps towards improving play opportunities for children and young people in a geographical area.”

Yanina Koszalinkski, committee chairman, said that members were ‘proud’ of their achievements.