Funding available for playing fields
16th May 2011
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A £10million fund has been launched to protect and improve sports playing fields across the UK.

The Sport England Protecting Playing Fields fund will see hundreds of sports playing fields protected, improved and created.  


“Playing fields are the places where many young people have their first experience of sport, where sporting dreams come true and where communities come together,” said Richard Lewis, Chair of Sport England.  “Protecting Playing Fields is about safeguarding and enhancing those spaces – and creating new, high-quality playing pitches where the next generation can enjoy sport. This is a great chance to bring the sporting legacy to life in your community.”

Sport England will run five £2 million funding rounds over the next three years, investing between £20,000 and £50,000 a time to help:

  • Bring disused playing fields back into use
  • Improve the condition of pitches (e.g. levelling, drainage, reseeding)
  • Buy new playing field land (not less than 0.2 hectares)
  • Buy existing playing field land where there is a known threat, such as the expiry of a lease or a development proposal.

Every playing field supported by this fund will also be protected from developers for at least 25 years, creating an enduring benefit for sport.

Sport England has also entered into a partnership with Fields in Trust (FIT) to support the protection of playing fields as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Successful applicants to Protecting Playing Fields who accept a Deed of Dedication of their playing field in “perpetuity” will have their project details passed to FIT. This will give them the opportunity to become a Queen Elizabeth II Field as part of the programme to mark the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.

Anyone interested in applying should visit  Applications for round one of Protecting Playing Fields will be accepted via Sport England’s website between 25 May 2011 and 6 July 2011.

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