We believe it’s essential that outside the sporting world, decisions are not taken without the knowledge of how important a site is to the sport.
We've been concerned that there’s a lack of awareness of the most important sporting sites in England, and the significance these sites have to individual sports. There’s also a perception that strategic planning documents are poor at recognising our most important sporting sites.
The aim of significant areas for sport (SASPs) is to help ensure that our most important sporting sites are fully recognised for the part they play in the delivery of individual sports. These sites have been identified by the individual national governing bodies of sport in partnership with us, describe why the site is important to the sport, and identify what specific features make the site so special.
The SASP register is intended as recognition of the most important sporting sites in England, rather than being an at-risk record. There are two levels of SASP:
- National SASP – sites which are of national importance to the sport
- Regional SASP – sites which are of regional importance to the sport.
The list of SASPs is intended to be a living list, which will be reviewed periodically to ensure the most important sporting sites are included, and those that decline in importance are taken off.
Additional sports will be added as they're identified by the individual national governing bodies of sport.