Practical steps for improving community usage

Another presentation at Enterprising School Sport Conference, 29th January 2013, Powerleague, Woodlands Academy, Coventry

Research shows that the demand for sports facilities out strips supply in London. Whilst the majority of indoor sports facilities in London are under school ownership (77%) the majority are not open for community use. Community use of school sports facilities is set to become more important in the provider mix of local community sport and leisure as Local Authorities face increasing financial pressures

Ensuring schools are at the heart of their community is considered to be an essential component of achieving success

To address these issues, Pro-Active North London (the local County Sports Partnership) commissioned a research project to investigate the feasibility of increasing community use of sports facilities on school sites. Using 6 pilot schools across North London, the project will assess current usage and recommend practical steps for improvement.

This presentation will be delivered by Adrian Ledbury, Director of P-ANL. Adrian has been involved in sports development for over 20 years in various roles across the UK. Currently the Director with PRO-ACTIVE North London (CSP) since 2006, Adrian has also worked for 2 local authorities, Sport England, the Sports Council for Wales and an Internet Start-up in a marketing role. Adrian is currently supporting the National County Sports Partnership Network with their improvement work.

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