Part Four: 21st Century Progress and Diamond Reflections & Perspectives

Part Four :

  1. Chapter 10: The 21st Century Revolution and its context
  2. The Numbers – The Finale: How many indoor sports centres are there in the United Kingdom?
  3. Diamond Reflections and Perspectives

Chapter 10

Chapter 10 explores  The 21st Century Revolution and its context…


How many indoor centres are there in the United Kingdom?

It will be apparent from a reading of earlier SLLP Chapters that this is a question which has proved very difficult to answer and, quite simply, there is no universally ‘right’ answer. So this paper, and the four other papers outlined below on which the data is based, can only be an attempt. Difficulties include matters of definition across the four countries of the United Kingdom (UK), the previous lack of any consistent data gathering and the embryonic nature of the ‘business’ in the 1960s and 1970s.

However, we now have the opportunity, never previously undertaken to our knowledge, to address the question with rigour and consistency based on the ‘facilities databases’ of each of the four countries:
• The ‘Active Places Power’ interactive website, established by Sport England in 2003/4;
• The ‘Active Places’ spreadsheets provided to us by Sport Wales, also established in 2003/4;
• The ‘Facilities Database’ spreadsheets provided to us by Sport Scotland, which were set up to provide data for their Facility Planning Model in the early 1980s;
• and the ‘Active Places’ searchable information website established by Sport Northern Ireland in 2016.

Mike Fitzjohn and Malcolm Tungatt, December 2021

Diamond Reflections and Perspectives

Diamond Reflections and Perspectives

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