Protecting Playing Fields
Improving and protecting playing fields to help more people play sport
Playing fields are one of the most important resources for sport in England, with over 64,765 playing pitches at 19,411 sites in England. They provide the valuable space required to maintain and enhance opportunities for people to take part in both formal team sports and other more informal activities.
Along with sporting benefits, good quality accessible playing fields can also contribute to healthy and active communities and secure wider reaching benefits.
The Funding Unit were successful in securing £50,000 from the Protecting Playing Fields scheme to provide Calderdale College with a state of the art playing field. The funding is part of “Places People Play”, a £150m initiative that is bringing inspiration and magic of a home Olympic Games and Paralympic Games into the heart of local communities. The old pitch was replaced with a new dual code pitch suitable for both football and rugby league, and will be of Sports England County Standard. The funding has given the College the chance to upgrade its sporting facilities as well as an opportunity to share them with the wider community, creating and strengthening ties and partnership working in the area.
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College Sport Maker
Helping more students embrace sport and ensuring it is a regular part of their lives
In 2012 Calderdale College’s Funding Unit secured a grant of over £100,000 for a College Sport Maker as part of Sport England Active Colleges. This is a new position, which will play an integral role in raising sustained participation in sport amongst learners across all curriculum areas as well as partnership with key departments to create bespoke programmes with the aim of improving retention and achievement of students.
The Funding Unit not only acquired the funding, they are also responsible for supporting the College Sports Maker in adhering to the Award agreements and in finding any future funding opportunities.