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An Olympic Legacy of Participation?

The Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 are generally accepted to have been a great success as a sporting event. However, the original pitch to the International Olympic Committee was that not only would the events be well organised,  there would also be a “lasting legacy” of increased participation in sport and physical activity across the country. As a result of...

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Open Space and Playing Pitch Assessments at Blaby and Cotswold

We have spent last winter and the early part of 2015 working with Blaby District Council in Leicestershire and Cotswold District Council in Gloucestershire on playing pitch and open space assessments.   In common with many local authorities they are currently updating their Local Plans.  In line with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) this includes the generation of local standards...

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Jim Lynch appointed as a Director of the Essex County Cricket Board

We are pleased to announce that PLC director Jim Lynch has been appointed as a director of the Essex County Cricket Board. Jim is a lifelong cricket fan and has just finished his 53rd consecutive competitive season. The last 29 of these have been at Hutton CC in Essex where he is also chairman. Jim has been appointed in the light of his knowledge and experience in the strategic planning of...

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Playing Pitch & Outdoor Sport Strategy for Bedford

Bedford Borough Council have appointed us to produce a playing pitch and outdoor sports strategy for the area.  This has involved an assessment of all pitches within the borough boundary, working with the governing bodies of sport to link into their development strategies and consulting local stakeholders including the town and parish councils in Bedford borough.  We have also worked closely...

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Cricket Facilities in London Borough of Newham

In early summer 2014 the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Essex Cricket Board appointed us to produce a cricket facilities strategy for Newham in east London. At present the borough has very few cricket pitches or practice facilities despite there being a huge interest in the game. Much of this comes from the south asian communities who live and work in the borough. At present much of this...

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A Sports Strategy for South Gloucestershire

Earlier this year we reported on our work with Bristol City Council on development of their strategy for sport and physical activity. We were subsequently appointed to work with their neighbours in South Gloucestershire Council to help develop a similar strategy. This made sense as there is a considerable amount of cross-over traffic between the two authority areas – many Bristol residents...

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Suffolk Coastal Council – Sports Pitches, Sport and Open Space Assessment

The Suffolk Coastal area is one of the most attractive parts of the country to work in.  It includes the towns of Snape, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge as well as a host of smaller villages such as Benhall and Kesgrave.   The largest town is the port of Felixstowe which is a key link to Europe and beyond.  At Felixstowe Tennis Club it also has some of the best grass tennis courts this side of...

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Runwell Hospital Sports & Social Club

It’s not often we get asked to help an organisation spend several hundred thousand pounds but that’s the story behind a recent commission. Runwell Hospital Sports and Social Club has operated out of the grounds of the eponymous NHS site in south east Essex since the 1940s.  Now the hospital has shut and the land been sold for housing, RHSSC will be the recipient of a large...

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Woodbrook Vale School, Loughborough

We have just completed a pre-feasibility study for a new sports hall for Woodbrook Vale School in Loughborough.   The school, which became an academy last year, is moving from a middle school to a full secondary school. As a result it is expanding from 500 to 750 students.  It needs improved facilities to meet the PE needs of these pupils especially those who will take a GCSE in PE. We...

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The Power of Sport – Part 49

Just in case you ever needed reminding of the power of sport, this article about rugby in the US should do the...

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