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, our document and approach has been developed in partnership with:
- The Football Association
- England and Wales Cricket Board
- Rugby Football Union
- Rugby Football League
- England Hockey Board
This document replaces our previous 2003 guidance document ‘Towards a level playing field: A guide to the production of playing pitch strategies’.
We believe 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.
Along with the national sports governing bodies listed above, we 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.
We attempt to keep track of which local authorities have an up to date PPS in place. A coverage document, which shares our knowledge, 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]
- File size: 1194KB PPS Guidance [October 2013] Download
- File size: 986KB PPS Guidance Checklist [October 2013] Download
- File size: 640KB Appendix 1 Sport England [October 2013] Download
- File size: 242KB Appendix 2 Football Association [March 2014] Download
- File size: 203KB Appendix 3 England and Wales Cricket Board [October 2013] Download
- File size: 279KB Appendix 4 Rugby Football Union [October 2013] Download
- File size: 267KB Appendix 5 Rugby Football League [October 2013] Download
- File size: 472KB Appendix 6 England Hockey Board [October 2013] Download
- File size: 32KB PPS Coverage [January 2015] Download