The strategic sports facility resource, Active Places, has been updated with the latest facility and grass pitch intelligence adding to the accuracy and completeness of Sport England’s widely-used website,


The Leisure Database Company, contracted by Sport England to maintain Active Places, has completed a comprehensive, 15 month, audit of over 28,000 sport sites and 56,000 facilities across the country, further making Active Places the most comprehensive database of sports facilities in England.

The exhaustive audit of sports facilities identified 2,800 additional sites, mainly grass pitch sites, which had previously not been recorded.

Charles Johnston, Sport England’s Property Director, said:

"Active Places has an important role in helping people find great places to play sport and assisting local councils to plan strategically for the future of sport in their areas. We know that by making up-to-date facilities data available, we are giving councils the information they need to make sound investment decisions. That’s why we are always working to improve and promote Active Places as an intelligence tool for grassroots sport."

David Minton, director of The Leisure Database Company added, "We are proud of our quality achievements for Active Places intelligence which we believe will impact positively on sports participation".

"As well as our regular survey of the site, we regularly follow up with sites during the year for specific facility developments such as new facilities, refurbishments or temporary closures. We track planning applications to identify new sporting sites under development as well as monitoring over 28,000 online news sources for leads on changes to Active Places facilities, whether it’s a school swimming pool boiler exploding or a new grant from the Football Foundation to fund a new synthetic pitch at a grass pitch site" added Jamie Buck, Active Places, Project Manager at The Leisure Database Company.

A new audit cycle is about to commence which will see all 28,000 sports sites re-surveyed for ongoing developments.




The Leisure Database Company:

David Minton on 020 7379 3197 / mobile 07860 237008 /

Jenny Stanley 07765 403498/

Sport England:

Andrew St Ledger 0207 273 1593


Sport England

About Sport England

Sport England is committed to creating a world-leading community sport system, and has set specific and measurable targets to achieve by 2012/13:

·    One million people doing more sport

·    A 25% reduction in the number of 16- to 18-year-olds who drop out of at least five key sports

·    Improved talent development systems in at least 25 sports

·    A measurable increase in people’s satisfaction with their experience of sport

·    A major contribution to the delivery of the five hour sports offer for children and young people.


Active Places

About Active Places


Active Places was launched in 2004 to provide the general public with a website to find their local sports facilities.  Professional access to Active Places Power website was launched later in 2004, in order to provide an integral tool in the strategic assessment of gaps in sporting provision and priorities for future investment.  Supply of the right sporting facilities to target areas is a key part of Active Places’ remit in improving the overall health of the nation.


In October 2008 Sport England awarded a further three year contract to The Leisure Database Company (TLDC) to supply and maintain intelligence on 12 core types of sports facility* across 12,500 sites and add grass pitch data**, for sports such as football, cricket and hockey, on 17,500 sites.


*Sports Facilities tracked on Active Places include: Fitness Suite; Golf; Swimming Pool; Sports Hall; Indoor Tennis Court; Synthetic Turf Pitch; Running Track; Indoor Bowls; Ski Slope; Ice Rink; Squash Court; Dance/Aerobic Studio


**Grass pitch facilities encompasses: Cricket; Rugby Union; Rugby League; Aussie Rules; American Football; Rounders; Baseball; Hockey; Lacrosse; Football (senior, junior and mini soccer); Softball; Gaelic Football; Shinty; Hurling; Polo and Cycling Polo.