Involvement of the Roger Federer Foundation

Three years ago, the Roger Federer Foundation presented the concept of natural playgrounds to its partners in southern Africa. They were enthusiastic about the numerous advantages and piloted the first natural playground in the east of South Africa. In the meantime, outdoor spaces that are planned, built and maintained by the community with their own locally available materials, are part of all of our programs. There are currently over 4,300 natural playgrounds in Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Switzerland, too, the Roger Federer Foundation 2020 launched a project that, in a first stage, is intended to provide 20 schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged children with a new natural playground on the school compound. This project is being evaluated by a university. We hope that the study will provide facts about the quality and quantity of use of the natural play elements compared to classic children's playgrounds.

Our implementing partners

The project owner and leadership lies with the Roger Federer Foundation. She is responsible for strategic planning, public communication and coordination between the national partners. A program group is being set up for this purpose.

The health organization RADIX is ​​the implementation partner for the implementation in schools. You are responsible for the entire implementation process in the schools and the collaboration with the communities. They are therefore also responsible for direct communication with the schools and for leading the program groups in the respective communities.

The NATURAMA Aargau Foundation brings extensive expertise in advising schools and communities as well as in the design of near-natural outdoor spaces. The foundation has already put together substantial online documentation ( on which this initiative can build.

Zurich University for Applied Science ZHAW is our scientific partner. She adapts the existing Natural Playground Toolkits App from the Roger Federer Foundation for the Swiss context and is responsible for evaluating the initiative, whereby students will also be used.