Sports Venues and football pitches

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th October 2020.

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Photo of Nicky Gavron Nicky Gavron Labour

How many football pitches and sports venues have been lost in the last 10 years in London? What steps are you taking to protect them?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I do not hold data on the number of football pitches and sports venues that have been lost.

I believe in the power of sport to bring communities together and transform lives, which is why my ‘Sport for All of Us’ strategy focuses on using sport and physical activity to tackle social issues. The London Plan has clear policies to prevent any net loss of sporting and leisure facilities in London, except where there is a surplus as identified by a needs assessment, taking into account both local and sub-regional need. I also advocate for schools to open-up their sporting facilities to community organisations out of hours.