Founder Director

Michael Follett


Michael is founder and director of OPAL Outdoor Play and Learning. Drawing on his experiences as a playworker, teacher and school improvement officer, Michael established OPAL in 2011 as a Community Interest Company. It has grown into the UK’s leading organisation providing support to schools in the transformation of all aspects of play. He is author of ‘Creating Excellence in Primary School Playtimes’ JKP 2017.

Michael also has worked on initiatives based on the OPAL programme in New Zealand, Canada, Spain, France and Poland.

When he is not working on OPAL he can be found riding a mountain or road bike or exploring the South West with his two lab/collie dogs.

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