The trade fair presentation of the BSFH — Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Leisure Facility Manufacturers — at FSB 2019 in Cologne promoted the idea that “School playgrounds are for action”. The BSFH took up this socially relevant topic with a lecture and workshop programme, which was jointly organised by the BSFH, the Bundesverband für Spielplatzgeräte- und Freizeitanlagen-Hersteller e.V. (Federal Association for Playground Equipment and Leisure Facilities Manufacturers) and the trade journal "Playground & Landscape" as media partners.
This theme is relevant for a number of reasons. In the first place, school hours and school types have changed significantly in the last decade; today children spend much more of their time in school. In the second place, in Cologne and many other large German cities there will be an increased need in the years ahead for new schools and for the renovation of existing institutions.
For example, the city of Cologne expects an influx of about 250,000 people in the next ten years. This means that an education and movement infrastructure must be planned early on and the corresponding projects must be launched promptly in order to provide an adequate system of education, integration, movement, play and sports. Ensuring that schoolchildren will make meaningful and active use of their recess and leisure periods at school is an important aspect that should viewed in this context.