New strategy to improve sport and recreation across the Dales

Derbyshire Dales District Council has adopted a new strategy setting out the supply and demand requirements for indoor sports facilities, playing pitches and open space.

Research gathered from more than a year’s worth of community consultation and facility assessments led to the creation of the Derbyshire Dales Built Sports Facilities, Playing Pitch and Open Spaces Strategy 2017.

The District Council was supported in the creation of the strategy by the Peak District National Park Authority, Sport England and a host of national governing bodies of sport, including the Football Association and the Rugby Football Union.

Councillor Jo Wild, Chairman of the District Council’s Community & Environment Committee, said: “To increase the number of people being physically active in the Dales it is essential we have the right amount and quality of sport and recreation facilities and open space to help make this happen.

“This strategy forms an important evidence base to use when organisations across the Derbyshire Dales are attempting to progress projects to create or improve these types of facilities or spaces. In particular, the evidence base can be referenced in external funding applications.

“It will also assist planning officers at the District Council and Peak District National Park Authority identify what needs exist across the district and how financial contributions towards sport, recreation and open space provision should be sought from housing developers.”

Chair of Planning for the Peak District National Park, Mr Paul Ancell, said: “We are pleased to support this coordinated strategy for built facilities, playing pitches and open space in the Derbyshire Dales area of the National Park. It will be of benefit to people living in the National Park and to local planners in identifying and prioritising future action for community facilities, both in terms of improving the quality of existing facilities and for creating new ones.

“Living in rural areas means that you sometimes have to look for different ways to achieve your goals and the strategy recognises that providing a range of community leisure opportunities in the Derbyshire Dales part of the National Park can be achieved through, for example, the innovative use of village halls and school facilities.”

Any organisation thinking of starting or working on a project that relates to the strategy can find more information and contact details online at