IPA Glasgow 2023

Representatives from PlayBoard made the short hop to sunny Glasgow to join 500+ delegates from 40 countries at the 22nd International Play Association (IPA) Triennial World Conference. IPA Glasgow 2023 Play: Rights & Possibilities brought together play professionals, academics, policymakers and advocates from 5 to 9 June for the eagerly anticipated event celebrating play.

During an action-packed few days we heard from many inspirational presenters and researchers, with important contributions from children and young people themselves, and enjoyed plenty of playful moments. It was such a joy to spend time with like-minded play advocates from across the globe gaining an insight into current research as well as policy and practice.

Throughout the week, PlayBoard staff delivered a number of sessions to share our work and expertise. Aidan Burns focused on our involvement in peace and reconciliation through the PEACE IV funded OUR Generation Project. Aidan also talked about his research project focusing on adding more free play to sport.

Angela Stallard and Michelle McGee shared our work to enhance play opportunities across the island of Ireland in collaboration with National Childhood Network. PlayBoard also joined Play Wales, Play Scotland and Play England to promote the UK’s annual Playday campaign at the poster exhibition.

Recent PlayBoard retiree, Peter McCartney, led delegates in a fun, interactive session in his role as founding member of the International Play Association – Northern Ireland. Peter also features in the new ‘Inspirationally Playful’ publication from IPA and Glasgow Caledonian University just released. (https://tinyurl.com/2wpfdp9t)

After a busy schedule we headed back to Northern Ireland reinvigorated with new insights, new connections, and new friends. A huge thank you to the organisers and amazing volunteers for a fantastic conference!

Two publications were shared during the conference – download by clicking on the links below: