The aim of the fund is to get more people, especially the young and disadvantaged, playing outdoor sport through more effective use of playing fields. We want to use the power of sport to transform the lives of local communities.
Playing Fields for Every Community
We will prioritise our support on revitalising playing fields in the most deprived areas of the country, particularly the inner cities. We will also consider providing funding to voluntary sector groups or sports clubs that run or manage community playing fields anywhere in the country.
Click on our Applications page to see what we will fund, who is eligible to apply, and to download an application form.
Reviving our Playing Fields
We can provide:
- Grants for voluntary groups and sports clubs for the improvement of their playing fields, changing rooms and community rooms.
- Advice on funding and how to make professional applications for grants from both the public and private sectors.
- Guidance on forming partnerships with major sporting bodies.
- Advice on general playing field management and maintenance.
In addition, we can provide seed money to kick start new projects for grass pitches, artificial turf pitches (ATPs), and multi-use games areas (MUGAs). A grant from the Playing Fields Legacy Fund can help unlock funding from other sources such as the Football Foundation, Sport England and sports governing bodies. See our “Links” page.
Benefits of Well-used Playing Fields
- With better local facilities more football, cricket, rugby, hockey, and many other sporting teams can be established and supported.
- More young people, especially those from disadvantaged communities, will get the chance to play sport and become part of a team.
- Well-maintained grass pitches can sustain intensified use thereby increasing the number of teams playing sport.
New floodlit ATPs and MUGAs can extend the hours that sport can be played even in inclement weather conditions. They also offer major benefits in the inner cities, where green space is often limited.
- Recent NHS estimates suggest that lack of exercise results in £1.8 billion per year in healthcare costs, and is directly related to an increase in heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
- The average person in England watches television for four hours a day.
- 30.3% of children aged 3-15 years are obese (April 2012).
These are worrying trends