Three Counties Community Play


Torfaen Voluntary Alliance (TVA) in partnership with Torfaen County Borough Council (TCBC), Monmouthshire County Council (MCC) and Newport City Council (NCC) successfully secured funding from BIG Lottery (BIG) in August 2010 under the Childs Play Programme to deliver the 3CCP Programme.

A total of £999,092 was awarded for Round 2 of the programme, with the initial aim to set up play opportunities for children aged 5-15 years, predominately 8-12 years by using community buildings, open spaces, parks and wooded areas across the three counties of Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.  In addition;

  • providing opportunities to involve volunteers and equip them with the skills they need to sustain the provision by offering play work courses, soft skills and accredited qualifications.
  • to work with community members to establish management groups, which at the end of the funding would take on the delivery of play provision with support from key partners.

The programmes original proposal set to deliver three outcomes and in January 2014, BIG agreed for the scope of the 3CCP programme to be extended, with two additional outcomes. Outcomes are as followed:

Outcome 1: More play opportunities. By the end of the project a minimum of 500 children aged 8 – 12 years across the region will have accessed 24 new, quality, open access, play opportunities, identified within the regional play audit.

Outcome 2: Sustainable Communities. By the end of the project there will be an increase in the level of community based play provision within the target areas across the region. 96 community volunteers will have become positively engaged in the planning and delivery of provision.

Outcome 3: Attitudinal Changes. By the end of the project research carried out will have shown a change in adult attitudes within communities which will enable children and young people to access their right to play.

Outcome 4: Community Engagement.  By the end of the project 21 ‘Play in the Community’ events will be delivered across the 3 Counties.

Outcome 5: Community Schools.  By the end of the project, 39 schools will be committed to the Play Partnership Agreement and 60 School Staff & 6th Form Pupils will be trained across the three counties.

Play Provisions currently being supported by Three Counties Community Play;


Somerton Play Club – Somerton Primary School, Newport, Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:30pm

Crindau University—Crindau Primary School, Newport, Tuesdays 3:30—4:30pm

B.A.C.K.—Beaufort Centre, Newport, Thursdays 4:15—5:45 pm

S.M.A.R.T. Kids—St Matthew’s Church, Newport, Fridays 5:00 —6:30 pm (Closed until further notice, for more information contact the play team)


Wyesham Play Project—Woodland View, Wyesham , Mondays 3:45—4:45 pm (Closed until further notice, for more information contact the play team)

Llanishen Youth Club—Llanishen Village Hall, Tuesdays 6:00—8:00 pm

Gilwern Play Club—Gilwern Community Education Centre, Wednesdays 5:00—6:30 pm

Pandy Junior Youth Club – Pandy Village Hall, Fridays 6:00—7:30 pm


Pentranch Play Club – Tranch, Pontypool, Wednesdays 4:30—6:00 pm

Pentwyn Outreach – Pentwyn Wellbeing Centre—Wednesday 4:00—5:30 pm

Play Club— Woodland Road Annexe, Croesyceiliog—Thursday 4:00—5:30 pm

Fish Ponds Outreach –

Cam Court Outreach –

New Inn Play Club –

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Contact Us

Aimi Morris: Programme Manager
01495 742466
Victoria Crocker: Play Development Officer