The FPM is a spatial modelling tool that can help to assess the strategic provision of community sports facilities. The FPM is a computer model developed and used on license from Edinburgh University. The FPM covers the major community sports facilities of sports halls, swimming pools and artificial grass pitches. It has in the past been used for indoor bowls centres.
The FPM has been developed as a means of:
- Assessing the needs and requirements for different types of community sports facilities on a local, regional or national scale;
- Helping local authorities determine an adequate level of sports facility provision to meet local needs;
- Testing ‘what if’ scenario’s to see the potential impact changes to the supply of provision and changes in demand may have on meeting needs for sports facilities in an area – this can include testing the impact of opening, relocating and closing facilities and of population changes (e.g. from new development);
- Helping to provide an evidence base to underpin strategies, plans and policies.