First Review of the North Devon and Torridge Playing Pitch Strategy 2017-2031

On Monday 9 December 2019, North Devon Council hosted a meeting to complete the first review of the Playing Pitch Strategy 2017-2031. The meeting was attended by Sport England and the National Governing Bodies for Football, Rugby Union, Cricket and Hockey to review the progress to date against the original action plan of priority projects produced in 2017. All local clubs were invited to provide feedback and progress against the first action plan; and help formulate the priorities for the next three years. As a result of input from clubs, venues, Sport England and the National Governing Bodies the action plan has now been updated.

North Devon and Torridge Playing Pitch Strategy 2017-2031

In partnership with Sport England and the National Governing bodies for football, rugby, cricket, hockey and bowls; North Devon Council and Torridge District Council have now completed a new Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) to run from 2017-2031.

The Vision for the PPS is to fully understand the quantity and quality of our current stock of playing pitches and changing provision to ensure that we:

  • protect the facilities that are used and valued by our current population
  • provide new facilities in the right locations to cater for increased demand and population
  • enhance facilities to ensure that quality meets twenty-first century expectations and attracts new and existing users

The strategy will provide an evidence base to ensure that both councils can collect Section 106 funding from housing developments and draw down external funding support where available. The strategy includes a list of priority projects for how funding should be used to improve infrastructure for local demand, this includes improvements to pitches and supporting facilities including changing rooms and training venues.

Events

As part of our Leisure and Health Strategy we work with various partners to deliver the following events and activities:

  • Barnstaple Parkrun
  • Goldcoast Oceanfest Education day, delivered by PETROC
  • North Devon Ability Games, delivered by Active Devon

Support, training, and funding for local sports clubs

Active Devon is one of 49 County Sports Partnerships in the UK that receives funding from Sport England. It provides support and funding to community sports clubs and training and development opportunities to the coaches and volunteers that work within the clubs.

Find out how Active Devon can support your club and coaches.

If your local club or group is looking for funding, email grants@northdevon.gov.uk to receive a monthly Grants and Community News e-bulletin.