“The policy was instigated for ‘cultural reasons’ and was in the interests of the ‘predominantly Asian’ local community”

Sexism row as children’s play centre bans fathers and all boys aged over nine

A children’s play centre has barred fathers from attending with their children and is now facing an investigation by equality watchdogs. Kids Go Wild is believed to be the first such play centre in the country to introduce a ‘women only’ policy – which also bans boys over the age of nine.

According to the 2001 census, Muslims make up 54 per cent of the 30,000 population of Sparkhill – more than double the number of Christians. The Equality and Human Rights Commission yesterday said that under the Equality Act 2010, single sex rules should be ‘the exception not the norm’.

The manager of Kids Go Wild, who would not give her name, said: ‘It’s a predominantly Asian community here and we’re catering for that.