Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Playground Stencil Schools Initiative

Please Note: Due to unprecedented demand, waiting lists apply for this initiative. 

New 2024 Playground Stenciling Registration Form Launched

The Let’s Play Cork initiative, established in 2019, promotes play opportunities for people of all ages and abilities across Cork. To date a series of play activities, resources and projects have been delivered to families, communities and organisations with immense success. Some of the resources and projects include: 

  • Let’s Play Cork Booklet & Pack – Children 
  • Let’s Play Cork Booklet & Pack – Older Adults
  • Online Play Resources
  • Pop up Play events
  • Play Streets

For more information on Let’s Play Cork Initiatives please visit their website.

Since 2019, we have been working to improve play opportunities in various spaces across Cork.  As part of the Let’s Play Cork initiative, we are delighted to announce an exciting partnership in play promotion between the HSE Health Promotion & Improvement Department & Cork Local Sports Partnership to support play activity in schools.  Children have an innate capacity and urge to play. Play which is directed by children is critically important to their everyday lives.  Access to quality play, both structured and unstructured, is known to help improve children and young people’s overall physical, mental, social and emotional health, well-being and development.  Through play children and young people make connections between themselves and the world around them.  

The aim of this initiative is to make play the easier option for primary schools in Cork.  Currently, schools can borrow the playground marking stencils from the Health Promotion Department and organise paint and laying themselves. Funding has become available through Cork Local Sports Partnership this year to subsidise the paint and laying of the stencils on your schoolyard.   

The playground stencils on your schoolyard will enhance the physical environment to promote physical activity, child development and play.

We are pleased to offer schools in Cork the opportunity to lay and paint stencils on their school yard.

Cost: €300

This initiative is subsidised by Cork Sports Partnership. 

Please note:

  • The stencils, once put down, will last for ONE school year.
    • Weather and surface condition play a large part in how long the stencils will last.
    • If the school wishes to maintain the stencils after application we are happy to share the list of paints we use for application.
  • Tarmac yards are the most appropriate surface for application.
    • Concrete is not an appropriate surface for the type of paint used. If you only have a concrete surface available please do not proceed with applying for the initiative.
  • Due to the unprecedented demand for the project thus far and the unpredictable Irish weather we cannot get to every school as quickly as we would like to. Completing the registration form is only an expression of interest and does not guarantee stencil application.
    • Please do not contact the facilitators of the project directly to check timelines as the project is week to week due to the changeable Irish weather. 

Steps involved in the Application Process

Step 1. Schools register their interest in taking part by filling out the application form.

Step 2. Schools will be added to the list of interested schools.

Step 3. Schools will be contacted directly by one of the stencil facilitators when they are available to apply the stencils.

Step 4. The school and stencil facilitator will arrange time and date for application of the stencils.

Step 5. On Completion of the stenciling, CSP will issue an invoice for payment.

2024 Playground Stencil Schools Initiative Registration Form

Contact Information:

For further information, please contact Tim Burke

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