Get Your Kids Into Wildlife Conservation With This New APP!  

The threats facing endangered wildlife around the world are bleak. According to some estimates animals such as the Rhino could face complete extinction by 2020.
We are reminded of this regularly by various wildlife awareness campaigns, backed by many celebrities. Unless we change the way we interact with wild animals we face the risk of there being nothing left for the next generation to see.

We are now seeing a new approach however being undertaken to help educate both children and parents about wildlife, VirryApp

VirryApp is a BAFTA award winning online platform that bridges the gap between technology, conservation and education. We tried, and we loved it. 

All too often within the digital age the use of computers and video games is cited by parents as a cause of concern for child development, especially when it means less time playing outside and more time stuck in front of a screen.

As parents, we know how difficult it is to find the answer to how long or what games are appropriate for children; at Dad network it is a question that frequently arises.

We are pleased to say we think we have now found the answer, and Dad of four, British Actor Dominic West, would agree, recently saying: “I spent all morning on Virry with my two boys and we love it. We fed a lion and watched a rhino live all from our living room. It is safe, educational and utterly compelling way to learn about the animals we love. Get on it, it’s brilliant.”.

Created by a team of child development specialists and wildlife conservationists it provides a unique digital experience that allows children to interact with wild animals straight from their iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

On Virry, children are able to play interactive games with rhinos, lions, meerkats and giraffes, and as of today they can also interact with a family of flamingos or a baby orangutan from the late British conservationist, Gerald Durrell’s wild life park in Jersey

Using the app we were able to feed the lion, find the baby orangutan a new toy and even give rhinos a mud bath.

Another feature allowed us to simply watch these animals live from their habitat. It’s like having a wildlife park at your fingertips, where kids can visit as many times as they want. 

The design of the app allows you to play with your children, building curiosity and relationships with wildlife from across the planet not from behind the bars of a cage but by observing them from our own homes in the environments they’re meant to be in. All the while educating your kids to the way these animals live in the wild and the threats they face today.

But in addition to the entertainment the app brings children over the summer holiday, there is also a serious side. Today, the current rate of species loss is estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate due to one single species – ours, Virry App plans to change this.

According to psychologists, children are most receptive to learning key emotional skills such as empathy between the ages 3-8. Virry is therefore targeted towards kids in their early ages as a means encouraging awareness, sensitivity and a passion for the environment, so when they grow up they want to protect their surroundings not exploit them.

We’re on it. We suggest you do to. Get behind the campaign #watchthewild

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Occupy the Kids this Summer with the PSG Soccer Academy

The euros might have finished and as always England fans were left disappointed but the football spirit is certainly not lost as the host, France, is set to bring her Champions to England.

Coupe de France winners Paris Saint-Germain are heading across the channel and bringing their very first soccer Academy to England! So don’t despair, football is coming home!

This summer children and teens of all abilities will be able to join the academy taking place at three UK locations; Rossall school in Lancashire, Bethany school in Kent and Moira House in East Sussex. There will be both residential and day camp options for all children and teens aged 8-17. All children attending will follow a training programme designed by PSG and receive a full PSG kit plus a progress and development report. Leading the training sessions will be PSG coaches who will be tasked with teaching the youngsters the values and philosophy of the club.

Paris Saint-Germain are one of the biggest Football clubs in the world with a history of world class players including our very own David Beckham. After a fantastic season there has been no rest for the players as many still remain in the Euros and others have just finished competing in the Copa America across the Atlantic.

PSG Academy England is part of the club’s international development plan and will join other academies across the world including USA, Canada, India and Brazil!
As well as learning to play the ‘PSG way’ children will also have the opportunity to gain an invaluable cultural experience by playing with children from all over the world, as PSG do! PSG Academy England have partnered with Accord International Summer Schools who run summer language camps at Bethany, Rossall and Moira House which welcomes over 30 different nationalities every year.

Both Accord ISS and Paris Saint- Germain Academy England share a vision of enhancing football experiences to children across the world. With football being an ever growing international industry bringing people together from all nationalities, cultures and backgrounds it has vastly become its own language. The Paris Saint- Germain Academy England plans to use soccer as a tool to bring children from all over the world together also using the English language.

The day camps will run Monday to Friday starting from 4th July until 12th August. It is a full day session (9am-5pm) with a school lunch included. All children need to bring is football boots and trainers, shin pads, waterproof jacket and a water bottle (although refreshments will be provided throughout the day).

The residential camp will run Sunday to Saturday starting from 3rd July until 13th August and will include full board accommodation plus the evening social programme which includes sports tournaments, themed nights, talent shows and more!

Children who attend this year could be selected to represent Paris Saint-Germain Academy England in the Annual Paris Saint- Germain Academy Cup. The competition takes place in France each year where PSG academies from all over the world compete against each other to become the champions. Let’s show the rest of the world that England can lift that trophy!

For information or to book you can contact or call 0161 235 5222.