Community Play and Activities Development Unit

The Community Play & Activities Development Unit is part of Bradford Council’s Sport & Leisure Service.

  • We encourage and support access to play provision, for children and young people aged 5 – 18 years 
  • We raise the standard of play provision, by developing a range of social, cultural, educational and positive play activities, throughout the Bradford district

What the Unit provides…

For children and young people

Fun activities with friends in your local area during school holidays and throughout the year - stay active and have fun with play, games, arts and crafts, inflatable fun, storytelling, dance, drama, sports coaching, fun day trips and much more!

See our holiday play schemes page for more information.

For parents

Access to affordable quality childcare, of nationally recognised standards, in neighbourhoods and communities throughout the Bradford district. Schemes registered with our Unit offer a wide range of physical and educational activities based around safe play, the environment and healthy living.

See our holiday play schemes page for more information.

For play workers and leaders

Register your holiday play and activity scheme with the Unit and have access to:

  • Funding 
  • Nationally Accredited Training Courses e.g. C.S.L.A., Playwork Basics Plus, Take 5 For Play, etc. 
  • Leader’s Pack - an invaluable guide book covering all aspects of running a scheme 
  • Start Up Guides - CD Rom based tool for starting up a new scheme 
  • Quality Assurance Scheme - “The First Claim” 
  • Public & Employer’s Liability Insurance 
  • Equipment loan including bactive multi-activity bags, arts & crafts materials, etc. 
  • Fun Day Trips to theme parks, the seaside, etc 
  • Concession Card - offering discounted rates at various venues across the district 
  • Publicity material & district wide promotion 
  • Regular updates on local and national funding opportunities 
  • Helpful advice on all aspects of running your scheme e.g. OFSTED regulations 
  • Networking Events - e.g. ‘Signing Up’ Day 
  • Multi-Activity Play Teams - inclusive traditional play and multi-sports activities 
  • Playing For Gold Teams – inclusive Olympic themed multi activity sessions 
  • Inflatable Team – a huge range of fun inflatables” 
  • Dance For Life - themed dance workshops 
  • And much, more!

To register your scheme or for help and advice on setting up a new scheme contact 01274 435496 or 01274 435298

For local community groups

A Membership Scheme provides access to a wide variety of inclusive play resources and sports equipment, including co-operative and team building games, a badge/key ring maker, etc. Sessions are also available, on a range of equipment such as inflatables, surf/snowboard simulator, light chaser, etc. Annual membership fee is £30. Please see the resource catalogue on this page for full details of resources, sessions available and costs.

For further information on the Membership Scheme, please contact 01274 435499 or 01274 435298

For schools

Development, co-ordination and delivery of school based play and multi activity sessions/programmes.

Children and young people will benefit from engagement in many activities ranging from play, sport, multi activities and alternative activities.

The programmes can offer support and training for staff, to enable the sustainability. Call us to discuss the possibilities of curriculum mapping and/or programme building.

National Play Day (Part of National Play Week)

Play Day celebrates every child’s right to ‘Play’ and every year the district celebrates Play Day (first Wednesday in August) with a week packed full of activities organised in partnership with Voluntary / Community / Statutory Sector

Baildon Recreation Centre hosts Baildon Play Day - the flagship of five events held across the Bradford district - during play week. Well over 1000 children and young people join in these fun-filled events.

It provides children, young people and communities with the opportunity to experience challenging and adventurous play activities. and unites children from diverse backgrounds right across the district promoting open access inclusive play.

For further information contact 01274 435298 

Valley Parade Memorial Tournament

The tournament is a sporting tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragedy, promoting ‘friendship through football’ and fostering good relationships between young people, their families and clubs. An annual junior football tournament - commemorating the Bradford City fire disaster of 1985 - takes place at Marley Activities and Coaching Centre in Keighley every year, during the Easter weekend. The tournament hosts local, national and international teams in Under 12’s, Under 14’s and women’s competitions.

For further information contact 01274 435495 or 01274 435298

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Contact details

Community Play and Activities Development Unit
Baildon Recreation Centre
Green Lane
BD17 5JH

Phone : 01274 435496
Fax : 01274 586195
Email :

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