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  • tried and tested by BBC reporter

    20 September 2007

    BBC Radio Cumbria reporter, Neil Smith was one of the first people to use at Barrow Park.

    The report was broadcast live on the Breakfast Show and featured Neil trying to beat the score of two local school children!


  • radio coverage on Abbey FM!

    20 September 2007

    Abbey FM is based in Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria. The world's first was launched in Barrow in July and the station covered this story including an interview with Playdale's Sales Director, Barry Leahey.

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  • Walkers invests in 21st century playgrounds with Playdale

    12 September 2007

    The intelligent play system ( is playing a prominent role in two new £100,000 playgrounds provided to Leicester and Reading councils by Walkers, part of PepsiCo.

    Opening events for the 'Parks For Life' took place on the 4th September (Reading) and 7th September (Leicester), attended by Walkers special guests Gary Lineker and local dignitaries.


  • From botanic to bionic: Rhyl to install first in Wales!

    30 August 2007

    Rhyl's Botanical Gardens will be given a 21st century makeover this year, when Denbighshire County Council installs the first in Wales.

    The Intelligent Play System ( is revolutionary electronic playground equipment developed as a method of tackling the growing problem of childhood obesity, by making exercise enjoyable for children whose idea of fun has more to do with videogames than sport. In line with the Welsh National Assembly's Health and Well-being Agenda, will be instrumental in improving Rhyl's sport and play provision.


  • Jake wins the first ever tournament!

    23 July 2007

    Children from the Furness area took part in the first tournament held at Barrow Park on 20th July 2007.

    Members of the Inside Out Soccer School run by ex Barrow FC Footballer, Neil Doherty were the first children in the country to play on the unit. Playdale held a special tournament in honour of the launch day and invited many guests to come along and mark this special occasion.


  • Playground 'videogames' bring summer fun to the Playstation generation

    13 July 2007

    As the long summer break approaches, parents and carers will be wondering what they can do to get kids away from the TV and games consoles and outdoors into the fresh air. The answer may lie in the new generation of outdoor playground games that blend physical activity with technology which are springing up all over theUK in Summer 2007.


  • Local authority installs the Intelligent Play System

    11 June 2007

    Local authority installs the Intelligent Play System to create a playground that grows up with the children using it

    Barrow Park will be the first to install the intelligent playground equipment that guarantees its outdoor play area’s continued resonance and popularity with a generation of children weaned on TV and videogames.


  • The "Intelligent Play System" takes gaming technology into the playground

    24 May 2007

    A quarter of all UK children are now estimated to be clinically obese, making this the defining health issue of our time. But with initiatives for getting the ‘Playstation generation’ off the couch and onto the playing fields yielding mixed results, while the Nintendo Wii is heralded as an unexpected ‘fat burner,’ a new playground product has been launched to put the fun back into fitness for children weaned on TV and videogames.