The Play Providers Association
06 April 2011

Working in Partnership for Play

PAR is the name for the newly created indoor play alliance formed by:

  • The Play Providers Association ( PPA)
  •  The Association Of Play Industries ( API )
  • The Register of Play Inspectors International ( RPII )


The main aim of the alliance is to raise standards and for the associations to work more effectively in partnership on projects and issues of mutual benefit to form a stronger voice for the indoor play sector and to facilitate its development and growth. Each association shares similar goals in that we strive for better, safer, more exciting and commercially viable children’s indoor play centres. By taking this collaborative approach we aim to:

  • Create accurate industry data, information and reports
  • Promote high standards and best practice
  • Work in partnership with other related organisations to promote indoor play
  • Provide advice and highlight best practice for new start ups
  • Facilitate joint events, seminars and online information to support PAR’s work.

The partnership, which was officially launched at LIW, has now developed its own identity as “PAR” with a new logo incorporating an element of each of the PPA, API and RPII logo’s. In addition a new brochure has been created to illustrate the partnerships aims, containing more information about its component associations.

Speaking at the recent PAR meeting held at the Jungle, Warrington, Janice Dunphy from the PPA commented “It is encouraging that all three partners are bringing a lot of energy and ideas to the table”

“Over the past few months we have made some GREAT STRIDES forward in collectively addressing some of the industries KEY ISSUES and devising ways in which the PAR umbrella can be the FORUM to tackle these collectively to put the INDOOR PLAY MARKET in a stronger position”

To find about more information about PAR – Click Here

Contact details

Postal Address for PAR is:

Federation House
Stoneleigh Park

Notes to editors

Play Providers Association (PPA)

The PPA represents leading indoor play centre operators in the UK. We aim to PROMOTE, DEVELOP and PROTECT the interests of all our members and encourage children’s physical activity through play, championing the health benefits. Each site as part of the PPA’s membership criteria commits to:

  • High levels of customer service excellence
  • An annual independent play equipment inspection as well as in house daily and monthly safety checks
  • Adhering to all current Health & Safety legislation
  • Training our staff in-line with the PPA Code of Practice
  • Having appropriate insurance in play

For more information visit the PPA online at:

Association of Play Industries (API)

The API is the lead trade body in the play sector; representing a diverse cross section of manufacturers, installers, designers and distributors of indoor and outdoor play equipment and safer surfacing. The API’s aims and objectives are:

  • To promote good play space design, installation and workmanship within the industry
  •  To promote an understanding of play and risk
  • To maintain and assist the development of British, European and other Standards for play
  • To liaise closely with governing bodies of play, nationally and internationally
  • To ensure members comply with standards and good practice
  • To provide a united voice for the play industry
  • The API promotes high industry standards with all members’ conforming to the API’s Professional Code of Conduct.

For more information visit the API online at:

Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII)

For providers of Contained, Indoor or Soft Play Equipment, independent RPII inspectors conduct Post-Installation and Annual Safety Inspections and report in line with current European and British Standards / Guidelines including Part 11 of BS EN 1176”. The RPII

  • Accredits and certifies individual inspectors who have shown the required level of knowledge and demonstrated competence to the required level of knowledge and demonstrated competence to the required standard.
  • Provides a register of those inspectors who reach the required standard and agree to the terms and conditions of registration
  • Promotes the Register of Play Inspectors and makes it widely available to organisations and individuals who may require the services of such inspectors

In partnership with the PPA and API we encourage our members to carry out inspections on a geographical basis; any saving made this way will be passed onto the operator. For further information visit the RPII online at:

Play Providers Association, Rural Innovation Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG
Tel +44 (0)24 7641 4999 ::