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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) athletics tracks, (b) golf facilities, (c) grass pitches, (d) health and fitness suites, (e) ice rinks, (f) indoor bowls facilities, (g) indoor tennis centres, (h) ski slopes, (i) sports halls, (j) swimming pools and (k) synthetic turf pitches listed on the Active Places website are (i) public and (ii) private facilities.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

Sport England's Active Places database does not collect data on sport facility types broken down by (i) public and (ii) private facilities.

However, the database records ownership type of the requested sports facilities and this is provided in the table, as at November 2007.

Ownership type does not necessarily equal access type, for example, although many educational facilities will be open to the public this will not be the case for all of them.

Local Authority Education Commercial Others Total
Swimming Pools 1,699 1,095 1,694 126 4,614
Sports Halls 1,202 6,527 158 483 8,370
Grass Pitches 13,697 24,616 241 15,491 54,045
Athletic Tracks 185 124 3 28 340
Golf 264 42 1,534 1,131 2,971
Health and Fitness 1,098 1,793 2,742 308 5,941
Ice Rinks 16 1 22 3 42
Indoor Bowls 107 8 88 147 350
Indoor Tennis 43 33 142 74 292
Ski Slopes 19 3 103 32 157
Synthetic Turf Pitches 262 1,152 44 123 1,581
Notes:

General notes applied to ail facilities

All facilities in England, which meet criteria (see following for specifics) are included;

Facilities included according to Active Places definitions (see www.activeplace.com About the Data);

All facilities that are open for use, by the public, this includes, pay and play, membership, club use and sports club / community association

Facilities that are recorded for private use only are also included within the above figures, e.g. a school pool that is not open to the public

All operational facilities are included within the above figures, including planned, under construction and temporarily closed. Facilities that are permanently closed are excluded.

Individual Notes on Facilities

Athletics Tracks

Figures refer to number of tracks not sites (i.e. there may be more than one track on a site);

Golf

Figures refer to number of golf facilities including standard, par 3 and driving ranges. For example a golf club site may have more than one facility, i.e. two standard courses and a driving range.

Grass Pitches

Figures refer to count of individual pitches, not sites;

Does not include primary school sites which have not been surveyed;

Does not include mini soccer or rugby pitches;

Excludes a number of sites where pitch type and numbers are yet to be classified;

Pitch numbers are likely to vary season by season depending on management decisions;

Unknown ownership types included in 'others'

Health and Fitness

Figures refer to the number of facilities not sites or stations;

Unknown ownership types included in 'others'

Ice Rinks

Figures refer to number of rinks not sites (i.e. there may be more than one rink per site)

Indoor Bowls

Figures refer to the number of facilities not sites or rinks;

Indoor Tennis

Figures refer to counts of facilities and not individual courts, or sites;

Figures include all surface types;

Swimming Pools

Figures refer to the number of pools not sites;

Includes both indoor and outdoor pools (all sub types);

All sizes and length of pools are included

Unknown ownership types included in 'others'

Ski Slopes

Figures refer to the number of slopes not sites;

Synthetic Turf Pitches

Figures refer to the count of pitches not sites.

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