PLAY (Positivity, Leadership and Activated Youth) is a program designed to enhance the resilience and wellbeing of young people. 


Play is excellent for intellectual and cognitive development skills.
In short, it’s good for development of young brains.

It is a full one-day onsite (at your school) training program for up to thirty (30) Grade 5/6 student leaders. Through the program training, school Student Leaders learn how to facilitate safe and fun games for other students, including younger students, at school during lunch times and recess throughout the year.

The program provides a platform for students to support each other, practice positive values, take responsibility and develop their leadership abilities. 

The PLAY program both directly and indirectly supports teachers to meet many of the General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum, specifically covering the Personal and Social Capability domain.

The PLAY program was designed and delivered in UK schools by Andy Delaney as a London 2012 Olympics project. PLAY was subsequently adapted for delivery in Australia by the South Australian Department of Education and Childhood Development and by Resilient Youth with permission from Andy Delaney. PLAY has proven to be a popular and highly effective anti-bullying program. Please contact us for more information including student and teacher evaluations of PLAY.


Playing encourages imagination, develops sequencing skills, concentration
and increases the potential to learn by increasing mental flexibility.


How does play build resilience?

It builds student empowerment

Including their feelings of being safe in a caring and supportive school.

It reduces the incidence of bullying

By engaging students across year levels to interact positively with one another.

It creates a sense of belonging

It helps develop social skills and friendships and connects students across age, gender, language and background, encouraging students to value diversity.

Students learn the importance of positive values

Particularly those such as trust and honesty, are important in our relationships with others. It also shows students that the adults at school care about them.

It teaches the value of rules

Through teaching others to play, students learn that rules matter.

Builds student responsibility

Increases student responsibility, decision-making skills and levels of educational engagement.


PLAY: A year long school program

Participating schools are provided with a toolkit that guides them through the process of selecting student leaders and any ongoing questions around the management of the program. On the day our two experienced trainers will come into your school to deliver the program.  Resilient Youth PLAY trainers have current VIT teacher registration and/or Working with Children Checks.

The focus for the morning session is to introduce the program and interactively train students on some of the games and the skills they will need to run the PLAY program in their school.  The afternoon session is practical and involves student leaders facilitating some of the games they have learnt with a group(s) of younger students under the supervision and guidance of our experienced trainers.

By the end of the day your PLAY student leaders will have the confidence to continue running this program with the support of a dedicated teacher(s)-in-charge.


What schools are saying

“Some PLAY leaders have really blossomed in their leadership skills and confidence, which has been fantastic. One student has even led an initiative with the rest of the leaders to write down all students that attend each day and to award certificates to them at the end of the year for their participation.”
 “Our student leaders have stepped up and now also run sessions for transitioning kindy (foundation) students.”



PLAY one (1) day training
$1500 + GST per day per school
(maximum 30 participants )

* Above costs for Melbourne/Brisbane/Adelaide metro schools (60km radius from Melbourne/Brisbane/Adelaide CBD). For schools, outside of this region travel/accommodation costs will apply.