The idea of Team Playground was born in 2012 in Brufut, Gambia during the construction of the Bege 1 Playground as part of the Brufut Education Project. We were building the playground with a brilliant crew of people made up of Local and European women and men. Every now and then would get over excited and shout “team playground”.
We are dedicated to providing safe, exciting and educational play for young people of all ages. We aim to give the opportunity for learning, creating and exploring. and to play together in an interesting and challenging environment. We are committed to including the young people in the building process so they can learn skills and enjoy the end product with the knowledge that they have participated in its creation.
We have been working with the children of Brufut for the last 6 years; we have a crew of very talented young people who already have some building skills and a good knowledge of using the tools. We aim to keep on training.
Our dream is to have some land on which to build a non denominational youth centre with playground for the people to grow, develop and shine. It will incorporate a vitally needed skills centre and be self sufficient.
We strongly believe in solidarity not charity and therefore hope that a Gambian playground build crew will one day operate independently from us.
We welcome people to join the build crew and/or run art, craft or sports workshops .
Alongside the build we run different workshops eg Animation making and Circus skills.
We organise regular games and sport days.
We have inter village football matches.
We do trips to the beach or other available group activity places such as the monkey park.
Every year we put on an International Womens Day event which includes an all Female football match, dance competitions, Music and Empowering and useful talks and workshops presented by WIG (Womens Initiative in Gambia)