Playing pitches and sporting facilities across the Bradford district could be transformed as a new Playing Pitch Strategy is adopted

The Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) provides a clear framework for the future provision of pitches and facilities across the district. It also helps support the provision of new and refurbished facilities across the district to meet demand.

To ensure the provision of outdoor playing pitches and facilities meet the needs of existing and future residents of the Bradford district, the Council worked with Sport England and the National Governing Bodies for sport in consultation with local sports clubs to develop the PPS. This will replace the PPS adopted in 2014.

Bradford Council’s Executive is set to approve the adoption of the Playing Pitch Strategy, the District’s Sports Pitches Investment Plan and Wyke Community Sports Village project  as the first of three multi-sports hubs as part of the playing pitch investment programme at its meeting on Tuesday, 11 June.

The three key aims of the strategy are:
* To protect the existing supply of sports facilities where it is needed for meeting current or future needs.
* To enhance outdoor sports facilities through improving quality and management of sites.
* To provide new outdoor sports facilities where there is current or future demand to do so.
To fund the delivery plan of the PPS an investment programme with an indicative capital spend of £15m has been developed.

The PPS Action Pan identifies the provision of ‘District hub’ sites as a way to meet the objectives of the PPS.

It is proposed the three major district-wide multi-sports hub sites are a new build facility at Wyke Community Sports Village and Myra Shay Recreation Ground and Marley Sports Centre consisting of both refurbishment and, where appropriate extension to the existing facilities.

There will also be investment in five hub sites across the district in Bradford South, Bradford West, Bradford East, Shipley and Keighley.

The Wyke Community Sports Village project is currently being progressed. This project uses external grant support, use of capital programme funds and the ‘sale to invest’ element from disposal of a surplus land in the area.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “This strategy supports our ambition to provide improved places to be active and play sport across the district. We aim to protect and improve the facilities we have got and bring new facilities to the residents in the district.

“A key priority for us is for people to keep fit and active and providing good sports facilities for residents, schools and local sports clubs in their local areas is one way we can ensure this.”