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Initiatives - Teignbridge Playing Pitch Strategy 2018 - 2023

This Teignbridge Playing Pitch Strategy has
been developed to identify playing pitch
provision and needs. The work from this study will feed into a review of the Local Plan by providing an evidence base to protect, enhance and provide playing pitches and ancillary facilities in Teignbridge.

Stover School ensured it was part of this scheme and the school hopes that some of its lands will be earmarked for use as part of this plan.

Aims

Stover School aims to secure funding for additional sports facilities which will benefit the pupils at the school as well as the wider community.

Background

This Teignbridge Playing Pitch Strategy has
been developed to identify playing pitch
provision and needs. It employs the five
stage approach detailed in the Playing
Pitch Strategy Guidance published
by Sport England in October 2013.

A Steering Group of Key Stakeholders lead
the task and comprised representatives
from Sport England, The Rugby Football
Union, England Hockey, England
Cricket Board, Devon County Football
Association, Teignbridge District Portfolio
Holders of Planning and Housing; and
Leisure and Recreation, and Council
Officers from Planning; and Greenspaces
and Active Leisure.

 

The work from this study will feed into
a review of the Local Plan by providing
an evidence base to protect, enhance
and provide playing pitches and ancillary
facilities in Teignbridge.

 

In overall terms participation in sport is
strong in Teignbridge. Although nationally
there had been a decline in participation
in traditional formats of team based
outdoor sport in the last few years, this
has reversed in the last year. Teignbridge
has followed the national trend which has
seen a decline in the traditional forms of,
for example adult football, but increases
in the youth game, and in alternative
forms of games. Hockey has proved
an exception, where there has been an
increase in participation in hockey of 36%
since 2011/12 with an 80% at U16 club
members. Clearly much still needs to be
done locally to increase adult participation
in team sport. The Challenge behind this
Strategy is, therefore, to encourage more
people to be more active and to improve
social coherence and the quality of life for
people in Teignbridge.

Resources

2017 - The school has engaged in significant discussions with Teignbridge Council about the feasibility of sitting an international standard sand dressed astroturf on the school grounds. This would provide much-needed facility for the Teignbridge hockey community and the necessary land would be provided by the school under an appropriate management agreement, at no cost to the project. A partnership is being explored and support sought with Hockey England and a number of local hockey clubs.