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Playing Fields: Private Sector

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many playing fields owned by private companies there are; and how many such fields have closed in the last 10 years. (261437)

[holding answer 6 March 2009]: Sport England has advised that as of January 2009 Active Places data show private companies own 391 sites containing 901 (grass) pitches.

At present, Active Places, which was set up in 2004, does not capture historical data on the number of fields owned by private companies which have closed in the last 10 years.

Sport England are in the process of collecting further data on public and privately owned facilities, including closures where possible, and hope to conclude that work by the end of 2009.