Sports Facility Planning and Use

Sports Facility Planning and Use        
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Cheryl Battaerd, Chief Executive Officer, Sport NSW (February 2016)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 7 December 2018
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Introduction

Access to quality sport and recreation facilities, that are supported by community infrastructure, can be a major factor in a sport’s capacity to meet current user demand and plan for future growth.

Australian Governments at all levels often work together through a number of their departments, agencies, and/or policies to jointly contribute to the planning and development of sporting facilities that benefit the community. 

  • Australian Governments. The Clearinghouse for Sport includes among its stakeholders, all State/Territory departments managing sport and recreation activities and all State/Territory Institutes/Academies of Sport. These departments and organisations may have relevant information about facility planning and use within their jurisdiction and are a valuable source of information.
  • National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework (PDF  - 1.4 MB), Sport and Recreation Ministers’ Council (2011). The first National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework (the Framework) was agreed upon by all Federal, State and Territory Governments to help guide the development of sport. The Framework will assist Australian governments to achieve a consistent approach to the development and adoption of policies that support increased participation; success in international competition; strong national competitions; and contribute to whole of government objectives. The Framework outlines many roles (most are overlapping) for State/Territory and Federal Governments. For example, the Federal Government will take a leading role to facilitate a strategic approach to the provision of sporting and active recreation infrastructure; while State/Territory Governments will facilitate planning and investment in infrastructure projects.

The majority of sporting facilities in Australia are operated and maintained by local governments, schools (both public and private), and private sector business entities that include sporting organisations or various commercial operators. Sport Australia (formerly the Australian Sports Commission) maintains a directory of National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) that are recognised as the peak organisation in their respective sport. These NSOs may have useful information about the design, construction, maintenance and use of facilities relevant to their sport, and should be considered as a primary source of information.


Key Messages 

1

Provision of appropriate, sufficient and accessible public sports facilities has a positive influence on personal and community participation in sport and other physical activities.

2

Government policies, forward planning, and current best practice concerning the provision and ongoing operations of sports facilities can contribute significantly to positive social and community outcomes.

3

A range of statistical information from multiple government and community sources is often necessary to effectively plan for current and future sporting infrastructure needs.




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