Playscheme is unique in that we have no fixed base, whilst this allows us the ultimate flexibility it also presents its own challenges! Until recently we operated from Worden Park in Leyland, but due to security issues along with the fact that the ground was suffering we decided to move.
We have now operated from the old BTR cricket field at the junction of Stanifield Lane and Centurion Way now for over 10 years. At a time when the future of the scheme was in jeopardy local house builder, Rowland Homes, stepped in to secure the future of the scheme granting Playscheme an indefinite lease for 2 weeks each year. The field whilst still owned by Rowland Homes is managed by Farington Parish Council and used primarily by Leyland FC.
Setting up the Playscheme site is no small task, we have just 2 days to move our entire operations from Samlesbury over to Leyland.
- erecting over 12,500 square feet of marquee coverage
- moving our 7 caravans which form sleeping accommodation for our essential workcamp
- erecting over 400 metres of fencing
- installing 1/2 kilometre of cabling
- installing water and waste utilities
- moving van loads of sports and games and craft materials
At the same time we are briefing our staff on the new site, busily processing the last few registrations and preparing to hand deliver these usually half way across Lancashire.
As you can imagine this is a massive undertaking with our volunteers usually working round the clock over the weekend prior to Playscheme beginning. We cannot thank the weekend staff enough; without them Playscheme simply could not happen.