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Sports and Leisure Strategy to 2033

We are looking at the future of sport and leisure facilities in the district and we want to hear from you.

We have created a leisure strategy following an extensive assessment of the leisure facilities in the district such as running tracks, sports halls and football pitches as well as playgrounds and allotments.

This leisure strategy is intended to inform planners and developers up until 2033 so that they include all the necessary leisure provision for the area’s growing population.  


A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our leisure strategy survey earlier this year

We asked for your thoughts on our extensive assessment of the leisure facilities in the district such as running tracks, sports halls and football pitches as well as playgrounds and allotments.

In all, 668 people responded to our survey, with 84 of those saying they were responding on behalf of a group or organisation – as the members of those clubs and organisations run to hundreds we are pleased so many people were able to contribute to our survey.

In the main, people agreed with the findings and proposals for the majority of the sports and leisure activities.

Residents raised a range of issues about sports they wanted to see supported in the district and we are looking into all of the comments made.

This information will go towards developing our leisure strategy, which is intended to inform planners and developers up until 2033 so that they include all the necessary leisure provision for the area’s growing population.

We are currently developing a new Local Plan that, once approved, will shape the future of our district. We are committed to involving our communities in preparing the new plan and the leisure strategy is part of the evidence needed.

We are compiling the report which summarises the feedback received and our response to any issues or suggestions.  Respondents will only be named in this report where they have been made on behalf of groups or organisations. We willpublish the report when we publish the draft Local Plan for a district-wide consultation.

For more information about our leisure strategy or this consultation, please contact the South Oxfordshire Leisure Team.


For more information see the strategy documents in the downloads section on this page

The Background (3.3 MB) PDF document sets out some of the key trends in leisure activity in South Oxfordshire: 
•Population characteristics and changes
•Socio-economic factors
•Health and well-being of residents
•Economic pressures
•National planning policy framework
•Policies and strategies or neighbouring authorities

Sports Facilities (7.0 MB) PDF documents look at Sports Halls, Swimming Pools, Health and Fitness, Athletics, Indoor bowls, Indoor Tennis, Squash, Gymnastics and Golf

(See also Sports Facilities appendices (279.4 KB) PDF and summary (120.9 KB) PDF )

Playing Pitch documents (part one (5.1 MB) PDF and part two (773.5 KB) PDF ) examine Artificial Grass Pitches, Football, Cricket, Rugby Union, Hockey

(See also Playing Pitch appendices (1.5 MB) PDF and summary (755.7 KB) PDF )

Local Leisure facilities (6.1 MB) PDF documents look at Village and Community Halls, Outdoor Bowls, Outdoor Tennis

Open spaces (6.4 MB) PDF documents examine open spaces, parks and gardens, children's play areas, young people's spaces and allotments

(see also Open Spaces appendices (915.8 KB) PDF )

Leisure Facilities strategy - Equality impact check (530.0 KB) PDF


Some pictures courtesy of Sport England


Last reviewed: 09 - 08 - 2018

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