Playing pitch strategy guidance

[Latest Update 03/03/14:  Appendix 2 Football Association - Updated Example Quality Assessment Form and Club Survey. Key changes - Amendments to the suggested scoring range for pitch quality and maintenance programme details.]

This guidance document provides a recommended step by step approach to developing and delivering a playing pitch strategy (PPS). 

Covering both natural and artificial grass pitches the document and approach has been developed by Sport England in partnership with:

  • The Football Association
  • England and Wales Cricket Board
  • Rugby Football Union
  • Rugby Football League
  • England Hockey Board

This document replaces Sport England’s previous 2003 guidance document ‘Towards a level playing field: A guide to the production of playing pitch strategies’. 

Sport England believes that to ensure there is a good supply of high quality playing pitches and playing fields to meet the sporting needs of local communities, all local authorities should have an up to date PPS. By providing valuable evidence and direction a PPS can be of significant benefit to a wide variety of parties and agendas. 

Sport England and the national sports governing bodies listed above are keen to ensure that this guidance evolves and is improved upon through regular reviews and updates. To aid this process feedback on its use and the development and delivery of PPSs is welcomed. Feedback, including good practice, lessons learnt and suggested improvements can be sent to our Planning for Sport team.

This guidance will form part of Sport England’s wider guidance on assessing the needs and opportunities for sporting provision. A draft of the wider guidance was subject to consultation from the 17 December to the 7 February. A final version will be published shortly. This consultation also sought comments on the PPS guidance which will aid any future reviews and updates.

If you would like to receive an email alert of when any updates are made to the PPS guidance please register your interest by sending an email with the title ‘Request for PPS guidance updates’ to our Planning for Sport team.

Sport England attempts to keep track of which local authorities have an up to date PPS in place.  A coverage document, which shares our knowledge as at the end of February 2014, can be found under the Documents list below.

[Please note: A populated version of Appendix 1e with some example data will be uploaded as part of a future update]