Doncaster Council approves plans to increase access to playing pitches for local residents

Posted: Tue, 21 Aug 2018 11:37

Doncaster Council has approved a new playing pitch strategy following 12 months work in partnership with Sport England and sports national governing bodies.

The strategy focuses on playing pitches for the five sports of cricket, rugby, hockey, bowls and football with and aim to protect and support investment that maintains and improves access for the benefit of local residents.

It forms an important part of the wider Get Doncaster Moving programme to increase levels of physical activity, and will not only see pitches protected, but enhanced and promoted to encourage residents to take part in more sport.

The plans will also help to guide local approaches towards planning and development, taking into account potential population and housing growth, and the increased levels of demand for playing pitches as a result. Pitches and open spaces that are not currently being used will be protected where possible to meet increases in future levels of demand.

Councillor Nigel Ball, Doncaster Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: "Access to playing pitches is vitally important for the health and wellbeing of local communities and we have worked closely with Sport England and sports national governing bodies to develop this new strategy. We want to make sure that local playing pitch facilities meet the needs of local residents, both now and in the future.

"With the introduction of the Get Doncaster Moving programme, I would like to see levels of sports participation across the Borough increase. The playing pitch strategy plays a key role in providing and promoting sports facilities, supporting local communities to become more physically active and healthier as a result."

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