New Games Workshops

During the New Games Leadership Workshops Dale teaches attendees the games and how to lead them with their group. Leading New Games is different than traditional sport. The workshop is very hands on, as participants practice leading the games with feedback from Dale. Then finish by leading an open session where family, friends, and the community are invited to give workshop participants a real-life experience of games leading.

At a workshop you will learn how to:

  • Lead many New Games for groups
  • Facilitate a new style of play that encourages freedom and creativity
  • Integrate cooperative games with competition
  • Use many New Games in your program
  • Increase participation in your program of cooperative games by including people usually left out of more traditional sport programs
  • Involve the community in your program
  • Plan and organize successful, well attended events
  • Adapt any cooperative games so that everyone can play

You will also experience these new ideas:

  • Creating the play community
  • The playful games leader
  • Creative play
  • Changing rules to meet players’ needs
  • Soft War
  • Energy Flow
  • Trust games
I arrived feeling resentful that I had to get up so early and give up a weekend I badly needed for myself. After one game I knew I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.
Betty Armstrong Albany School District, California

Who Should Attend?Workshops

  • Recreation Leaders
  • Teachers
  • Physical Education Instructors
  • Community Organizers
  • Personnel Directors
  • Social Workers
  • School Activities Coordinators
  • Health Professionals, including physical therapists and mental health workers
  • Parents
  • Religious Activities Directors
  • Camp Directors
  • Anyone who leads or is part of a group

In New Games, the goal is for everyone to have fun playing together. The people playing are the most important part of any game. Games are changed to meet players’ needs. As a result, the New Games concept can be used in any area of human relations to create a bond of trust, communication, and community.

When I drove my car back home Sunday evening I suddenly knew it: During the workshop I had the opportunity to play myself and you know what I found out? I liked myself! And this hasn’t happened for a long time! What I liked most about you? Your patience with us, your flexibility and your hesitation sometimes. You are not perfect, too! And you are not afraid to show this.”
Gerian Dijkhuizen, Psychiatric worker Zonne and Schild in Amersfoort, Holland

Some of Our Upcoming Events

New Games: A Workshop with Dale Le Fevre, Sheffield

Join us for a day of learning and practicing New Games, a series of games that encourage cooperative play, build relationships and bring people together. Dale has been presenting New Games workshops since 1975, teaching over 1000 courses in 34 countries including all Western Europe, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Japan and more. He's authored 3 books and produced 5 streaming videos. (On the link, look under Full Day Workshops)
When: Sat March 16 10:00 - 15:00
Where: A Mind Apart, Burton Street Foundation, 57 Burton Street, Sheffield S6 2HH

CounterPlay '19: Playing at the Edge (Denmark)

Dale will be making a presentation at the festival, participate in a panel discussion and generally with the workshops. The CounterPlay festival invites playful people from around the world to join the most caring, generous, inclusive and vibrant play community on a remarkable journey into the world of play. We welcome everyone eager to understand play better, no matter your background. If you wish to learn more about why play is essential for learning, working and living, this is for you.
When: Thu April 4 08:30 - Sat April 6 19:00
Where: Aarhus, Denmark

New Games Leadership Workshop, Austin, TX

This is an opportunity to learn New Games by playing them! You will also learn how to lead the games, when to use which ones, and how to create your own New Games. For teachers and group leaders for: business course leaders, youth, churches, Scouts, after school, day care, park activities, meetings & more!
When: Thu May 2 09:30 - Fri May 3 17:30
Where: Thinkery, Austin, TX, USA

A comprehensive list of upcoming and past events is also available here.


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