New plan aims to increase sport areas

Todmorden Sports Centre.
Todmorden Sports Centre.

PLANS to provide more opportunities for people to get involved with sport will be unveiled next week.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet will discuss the revised playing pitch strategy when it meets on Monday, April 2.

In 2007 the council approved a Calderdale open space sport and recreation study that included a playing pitch strategy, in line with Sport England guidance.

The strategy sets out a framework for providing outdoor sport and recreation facilities in the borough.

It also lays out how the council will work with sports clubs and organisations to help them develop a variety of sporting activities across the borough.

The strategy covers sports including football, rugby league, rugby union, cricket, tennis and hockey.

Councillors are updating the strategy for 2012-15 in an attempt to secure funding from Sport England’s Olympic legacy package.

Coun Pauline Nash, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, said it is important that the council is clear about how it will ensure that people have the opportunity to play a wide variety of sports in the future.

“We need to have good quality pitches accessible to local people, if we are to meet the council’s objectives of improving people’s health and well-being and increase people’s levels of physical activity,” she said.

Current funding available to the council includes the Protecting Playing Fields Fund, which allows councils to apply for up to £50,000 per round, with a further three rounds still available.

Todmorden Sports Centre has already received £50,000 from the Olympic legacy package.