Airplay is our £24 million youth support programme for RAF families, providing a huge range of facilities, equipment and activities for children and young people.
Airplay has four main elements
Airplay Parks: We've built multi-use games areas (MUGAs) and play parks.
Airplay – Youth Support: We are providing safe, supervised activities for your kids through a network of trained youth workers, provided by children's charity Action for Children. It includes our Ben Clubs for children aged five to seven. Find your nearest Airplay group.
Airplay Childcare Centres: We've made childcare more accessible and affordable by building Childcare Centres on or near RAF stations.
Airplay Connect: With the ever-evolving complexities of RAF communities, we wanted to develop our support to young people. With digital interactions commonplace, we want to make it as easy as possible for individuals to enjoy Airplay, wherever there are based.
Through Airplay Connect, we aim to deliver consistent, quality activities and support for young people. Managed by Station Youth Workers, Airplay Connect provides a safe, secure forum for people to engage in fun and educational activities. To find out more, visit your local Airplay Social media page or contact your Station Youth Worker.
Why have we created Airplay?
We developed Airplay in consultation with the RAF after a survey found that keeping young people safely occupied was a big concern for RAF families.
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 as the RAF's leading welfare charity, we want to help.
Airplay is designed to address these issues by giving RAF children access to brand new facilities and a safe, stimulating programme of activities.
Also, by rolling out at all main RAF stations, children and young people will have some much-needed continuity if and when their family relocates.
By giving RAF children and young people the facilities and activities they deserve, we believe Airplay will take some of the strain off RAF personnel and their partners, whether at home or on the front line.