Developed and used on licence from Edinburgh University, the Facilities Planning Model (FPM) is a computer model that helps you assess the strategic provision of community sports facilities.
In its simplest form, the FPM looks to assess whether the capacity of existing facilities are capable of meeting local demand for a particular sport. It covers sports halls, swimming pools and artificial grass pitches, and has also been used for indoor bowls centres.
The model has been developed to help users:
- Assess the requirements for different types of community sports facilities on a local, regional or national scale
- Help local authorities determine an adequate level of sports facility provision to meet their local needs
- Test ‘what if’ scenarios in provision and changes in demand, including testing the impact of opening, relocating and closing facilities and the impact major population changes would have on the needs of the sports facilities.
If you'd like to use or find out more about the FPM, please contact your local Sport England planning team.