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Airplay provides children and young people growing up on RAF stations the opportunity to connect with each other, take part in activities and learn new skills.

Airplay youngsters

Our Airplay programme has five main pillars of support:

Airplay Youth Support: We provide safe, supervised activities for children and young people aged five to 18 through a network of trained youth workers, provided by children's charity Action for Children. This includes our Ben Clubs which are aimed at children aged five to seven. 

Airplay Connect: A safe and secure digital resource for all RAF children and young people to access and enjoy. Airplay Connect allows Station Youth workers to reach children who might live away from RAF stations or even overseas and engage them in activities. It also enables them to be there for children who are facing the challenges of being part of a military family, such as deployed parents or having to move schools. 

To find out more, visit your local Airplay page or contact your Station Youth Worker.

Ben Play and Ben Parenting: We provide funding to help stations and units run classes and events to enhance parenting skills and build knowledge of children's developmental needs. 

Airplay Play Parks: We've built multi-use games areas (MUGAs) and play parks on RAF stations all across the country. 

Airplay Childcare Centres: We've made childcare more accessible and affordable by building and refurbishing childcare centres on or near RAF stations.

Why we created Airplay?

We developed Airplay back in 2010 in consultation with the RAF after serving families identified keeping young people safely occupied was a major concern. 

We know that young people in RAF families face unique challenges – long periods separated from at least one parent, moving around the country to new stations (often in isolated, rural locations with minimal facilities), and having to start at new schools and make new friends on a regular basis.

We recognise that it's not always easy and we wanted to help.

Airplay is designed to address these issues by giving children and young people access to facilities and a safe, stimulating programme of activities and some much-needed continuity if and when their family relocates.

Airplay is designed to address these issues by giving children and young people access to facilities and a safe, stimulating programme of activities and some much-needed continuity if and when their family relocates.

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