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 PPS's is welcomed. Feedback, including good practice, lessons learnt and suggested improvements can be sent to our Planning for Sport team.

If you would like to discuss the guidance in more detail, or receive an email alert when any updates are made to the guidance, please also contact our Planning for Sport team.  To register for alerts please include ‘Request for PPS guidance updates’ in the title of any email.

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.

For guidance on assessing the need for other sporting provision please see our Assessing Needs and Opportunities Guide.

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