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Sports Facility Strategy

Kettering Borough Council’s Sports Facilities Strategy 2010 – 2021


Kettering Borough Council has formally adopted a new sports facilities strategy for 2011 - 2021.

Huge efforts went into making sure that over 1200 residents and 30 organisations were able to contribute towards the development of the strategy, which has been designed to ensure that the borough is planning appropriate indoor sports facilities in the right places to encourage more people to be more active more often.

The evidence they can use from the strategy will be a huge help to sports clubs when they approach Sport England for support in funding applications.

Marie Mitchell of the Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club said, "Our club is delighted with the production of this strategy and give it our full support. It outlines the real need for a gymnastic centre and other sports facilities for the borough. It will be a tremendous help to us as we seek external funding for the development of a new home for our growing club."

The strategy will form part of the evidence base for providing indoor sports facilities in order to feed information into planning documents, provide evidence to support sports clubs with their applications for funding and to help the Council secure developer and partner contributions.

As well as the new gymnastics centre the strategy highlights a need for a new home for the Kettering Premier Judo Club and a recommendation to work with the Buccleuch Academy on the provision of improved changing facilities to serve football at the Weekley Glebe playing fields.

We would really like to thank all the local sports clubs and individuals who have helped to influence the document. We would now encourage them to use it when they are putting in funding bids to other organisations.

The evidence within the strategy will be crucial when the Council is negotiating with developers for funding contributions towards sports facilities and helps sports groups attract external finance. It is not a list of investments that the Council will be making, it is a policy which guides how external and developer funding can be used in the Borough to get more people more active more often.

In 2009 Kettering Borough Council won the Municipal Journal's "More People More Active More Often" Award and followed this up in 2011 by being "Highly Commended" in the Local Government Chronicle's "Health and Social Care" Award. Suitable sports facilities were key to this success.

Read the Sports Facility Strategy

Last updated 27/02/2012

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