Centre for Play and Recreation Children and Youth on the Move

The Centre for Play & Recreation is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom to develop an understanding of the role of children's play, informal education and activity-based learning throughout the life-cycle.

The centre, located in the Department of Education & Community Studies in the Faculty of Education & Health, has expertise in multi-disciplinary approaches to childhood, youth studies and education. It links theory and fieldwork in all aspects of play and recreation, from infancy to old age, across cultures and nations.


  • To develop research into play and recreation as multi-disciplinary areas of academic inquiry, making links between theory and practice.
  • To make links with relevant organisations in education, playwork and leisure, whether voluntary or government-funded.
  • To make research and good practice available to the wider community of parents, practitioners and the general public.
  • To further understand the ways play is affected by social, political and chronological contexts.
  • To develop ways of communicating research and practice into the social benefits of play and recreation to the wider society within and outside the UK.


Centre for the Study of Play & Recreation
School of Education
University of Greenwich
Avery Hill Campus
Bexley Road
London SE9 2PQ
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)208 331 9919

E-mail: playandrecreation@greenwich.ac.uk

Children and Youth on the Move is hosted by the , University of Greenwich.