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Sports Facilities

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 29 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if it is the policy of the Sports Councils to encourage multi-sports clubs so that facilities are economically used to the maximum; if they give additional support to clubs which engage in multi-sport activities; and if he will make a statement.

Yes. The Sports Council's memorandum No. 2, which sets out the conditions governing the award of grant to local voluntary organisations, includes as one of the criteria to be taken into account the multi-use of sports facilities. In considering applications for grant the council gives high priority to this factor. The amount of grant is related to the cost of providing the facility.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give an estimate of the upper, lower and average cost of providing an association football, rugby union and hockey pitch by local authorities; if an estimate can also be made of the cost of providing a pitch and shower-bath facilities; and if he will make a statement.

The Sports Council has provided the following estimates:

PitchesLow PriceHigh Price
Rugby Union3,4006,200
Association football2,4004,400
These estimates do not include the cost of land. Costs vary according to site conditions, levels, nature of soil, access, location etc.The provision of changing and showering facilities is estimated to involve additional costs as follows:

Permanent constructionSemi-permanent constructionTemporary construction
Rugby Union11,4009,2006,200
Association football9,0007,3004,900