Sports Facilities Transfer

Sports Facilities Transfer

What is sports facilities transfer, how it relates to our Playing Pitch Strategy and how you can get involved.

What is Sports Facilities Transfer

Sports Facilities Transfer is an opportunity for organisations to lease or licence sports facilities in Bristol parks.

We’d like the leasing or licensing of sports facilities to lead to the improvement of facilities, including grass pitches and changing rooms.

Our Playing Pitch Strategy and opportunities 

Sports funding bodies want to improve facilities and the Football Foundation have included the improvement of grass pitches in their Football Facility Plan for Bristol.

When we adopted Bristol’s Playing Pitch Strategy we identified that Bristol has a large number of poor grass playing pitches in council ownership and on parks land. We need to provide sport in parks at no cost, as part of a three year savings programme.

Through consultation we’ve decided to:

  • lease bowls facilities at Canford Park, Begbrook Park and Netham Park with existing occupiers, guaranteeing continued use for sport
  • incorporate Eastville Park and St George Park bowls facilities and Ardargh Sports Centre bowls green into the Bristol Future Parks process
  • incorporate Oldbury Court into the Bristol Future Parks process
  • invite expressions of interest in the remaining twelve facilities on the Sports Facility Transfer website, enabling sites to be leased or licensed to third party operators
  • offer seasonal hire of facilities, where expressions of interest are not received, so that sports facilities are operated at no net cost to the council from the following season, 2021-2022

How you can get involved

On the Sports Facilities Transfer website you can:

  • learn more about the sports facilities we are offering for lease or licence
  • read the guidance and frequently asked questions about making an application
  • prepare your responses to our questions about how you’ll use, manage and maintain facilities
  • submit your expression of interest application, using our online form

Visit Sports Facilities Transfer