Playing Fields

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of playing pitches in each local authority area; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Rishi Sunak Rishi Sunak Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Sport England's Active Places Power database is a national sports facility database launched by Sport England in 2004 following recommendations from the 2002 Cabinet Office publication ‘Game Plan’. The database supports the planning of facility provision at both national and local levels, to ensure facilities are provided in the right location. The database provides information on facility types and ownership, and currently holds data on just under 40,000 sites at which over 150,000 facilities are located.

There are 15 different facility types identified in the database – Sports Halls, Swimming Pools, Artificial Grass Pitches, Cycling, Athletics Tracks, Golf, Grass Pitches, Health & Fitness Suites, Indoor Bowls, Indoor Tennis Centres, Tennis Courts, Squash Courts, Studios, Ice Rinks, Ski Slopes.

The data collected for each site includes information about the facility type, location, size, year built, ownership, management, accessibility, operational status (both open and closed), opening times, amongst other details.

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