Delegates feedback

Here is a selection delegates' comments from the feedback we have received following the conference.

If you were a delegate at the IPA 2011 conference and have not received an IPA 2011 - Evaluation email please contact us. Thank you to everyone who has already completed the evaluation form. 

‘A huge THANKS for having me to your awesome/wonderful/inspirational conference - i learned a lot and met so many wonderful people.’ Marc Bekoff

‘I very much enjoyed this 
perfectly organized conference.’ Lothar Krappmann

‘Wales was a great country to host this kind of event in - we knew that - but it surpassed all expectations. All down to PlayWales. It was friendly, courteous, helpful, informative, supportive and enjoyable. Thank you so much.’ Bob Hughes

‘I want to thank you all so much for the best conference I have ever attended. Everything was just brilliant and the attention to detail was remarkable. To be invited to participate and to spend 4 days with so many play people from across the world, to listen to exceptional keynotes and fascinating workshops, to spend social time together and to celebrate 50 years of IPA was a true privilege and just marvellous.’ Wendy Russell

‘I simply want to congratulate Play Wales on hosting so successfully the IPA conference, all done with its customary alchemical fusion of grace, efficiency and good humour.’ Bernard Spiegal

‘Thank you for an absolutely inspiring 4 days … I have never enjoyed a conference so much - everything was superb!' Tracey Bancroft

‘It was inspiring and encouraging to find so many passionate people sharing their experiences about play.’ Jane Bain

'From the very moment I walked through the huge doors of Cardiff City Hall and was greeted by smiling children handing out bottles of water, I knew my first IPA conference would be special and that Play Wales had thought of everything. The only disappointment I have been able to identify is that there were so many interesting lectures and workshops available that I missed more than I saw. But, what I saw was wonderful and inspiring.' Cynthia Gentry

'This was perhaps the best conference I have ever attended. Certainly the most joyful one. Excellent presentations, informative and scholarly without being preachy.'

Great mix of subject matter, presenters and styles of presenting.’

‘All very interesting, stimulating debate and enabling international contacts to be made.’

‘Good mix of research, personal reflections and reports on hands-on projects in the presentations’.

‘One of the best IPA World conferences I've attended.’

‘The presentations were all very professional and the speakers should be personally congratulated.’

‘The Make a Noise event was exceptional and it would be great to see a similar event hosted every year . What a joyful time the children had - memories were definately created that day!!!’

‘A premier venue for a premier conference’

‘[City Hall] … It added so much to the conference not to be stuck in some sterile conference center. The location was spectacular and made me feel that play was really appreciated by the City of Cardiff. It was awesome to be there.’

‘It is hard to express how touched I was by the Play Wales team. I felt they put their heart and souls into this. I wear my Play Wales black tshirt with great pride. They are a stellar group of people and created what was truly a peak experience for me.’


And some from Twitter and Facebook …

‘My highlight: Sudeshna Chaterjee on open space planning & play outdoors in Delhi. Insightful, scholarly, wise.’ Tim Gill

‘Bob Hughes: fantastic films of children playing excellently commentated. Gives a good flavour of playwork.’ Wendy Russell

‘Brian Sutton-Smith hilarious & thought provoking!! Wrote essays on him at college in 80s, fantastic to see him now.’ Cath Prisk

‘I’m now brimming with ideas to take back and try out! Thank you for a wonderful week! Loved every second!’ Benjamin Guilfoyle


Here is a selection of feedback comments from the IPA Playwork Camp participants

‘This was a wonderful pre-cursor to the IPA conference!’

‘A genuinely inspiring event with some great guys. From food to workshops. Excellent!’

‘A fantastic start to a fantastic week’


‘Wery well organized, and a good start of the IPA Conference. I´ll get some good contacts for exhange for playworkers, Wrexham-Karlstad.’