The playground challenge postponed

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus and the closure of schools across the UK, we have taken the tough decision to postpone the Soccer Aid for Unicef Playground Challenge.

We are committed to rearranging the event later in the year to raise vital funds to help children everywhere grow up happy, healthy and able to play.

Competition Update:

Given that the Playground Challenge will now be happening later than anticipated, we have extended the closing date for the YPO equipment competition to 29 January 2021 and the winner selection date to Friday 12 February 2021. We are keen to ensure that everyone who wants to enter has the chance to do so. Find full T’s & C’s here. 


Kem Cetinay takes on the Playground Challenge at his old school.

Online teaching resources

Unicef has produced some fantastic resources for teachers to help children and young people learn about rights while they are at home.

We will shortly be sharing some additional activities focused on getting kids to be creative and have fun during this challenging period and we will keep you updated when these are avaliable.

Need online lesson ideas?

“The kids absolutely loved it”

“The Playground Challenge is such a fantastic opportunity for us to get our pupils outside, have a run around, and remind us all how important it is for children to be able to play.

The kids absolutely loved it and, as a member of staff, I loved seeing our students engaged in something meaningful.

We are so proud they could be involved in raising money for children all over the world.”

Makayla Monks, Langtons Junior Academy

Kem Cetinay visits his old school to take part in a playground challenge.

Langtons Junior Academy take on their Playground Challenge in June 2019.

“I like to play with toy horses, elephants and tigers.”

Brothers Ayas, 5, and Younus, 9, were forced to leave their home in Myanmar when conflict erupted. Their parents were killed by soldiers and their lives were turned upside down.

They now live in the Balukhali refugee camp. Their favourite place is Unicef’s child friendly space where they play football, play with toys and have lessons. Your fundraising could help provide toys, books and games for children like Ayas and Younus.

Your school can help make sure more children have a childhood full of play, learning and laughter. 

Your Playground Challenge will make sure children like Ayas and Younus have the childhood they are entitled to.

Any questions?

We’d love to hear from you over email at or call us on 0300 330 5580.