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Category: Access

Are consultants working for my organisation entitled to access the website or data?

Consultants who have been appointed to deliver specific work on behalf of a registered organisation are also entitled to register for access to Active Places Power, or the data on it, free of charge. They too will be bound by the User Agreement Terms and Conditions. The consultant should register separately to the contracting organisation, providing details of the request and an estimate on the duration that the accounts need to remain active in order for the contracted work to be completed.

How can I change my password?

Passwords can be changed and reset here.  Note, both username and password are case sensitive.

How can I register / access Active Places Power?

Active Places Power is a password protected website. Users are assigned different rights according to their needs and level of use.

To register please complete the online form - see "Register" link on the homepage. Depending upon your organisation and your requirements, access may be granted automatically.

When registering with the website you will be asked to agree with the following Terms and Conditions?

- Website Terms and Conditions -

- Open Data Licence -

- Privacy Statement -

How many Users can register from my organisation?

There is no limit on the number of Users who can register per organisation.

I am not sure whether my organisation is eligible, who do I contact?

You can either submit a request to access Active Places Power through the registration form or contact providing details of your organisation. Either method will send your request details to the Active Places Team who will seek further clarification if needed before making an assessment.

Is there any charge to access the website or data?

Access is free for non commercial use of the website and data. However, Sport England reserves the right to charge for access where either the website or data will be used for commercial purposes. Refer to the Terms and Conditions for further details.

Which organisations are eligible for Active Places Power Registration?

The following are eligible for Active Places Power access:

• Local Authorities (lower and upper tier)
• Non Governmental Department Bodies
• Central Government Departments
• MPs
• National Governing Bodies for Sport
• Sporting Professional Bodies
• County Sports Partnerships
• Individual Clubs
• Planning & leisure consultants
• Companies wishing to use data for marketing
• Trusts
• Universities and all other academic institutions

Individual Users not associated with one of the above organisations will not be granted access. When registering please ensure that you use your organisations e-mail address. Applications made via webmail addresses such as gmail or hotmail will take longer to process. 

A User's registration details should not be passed onto any third parties.

Category: Background

What is Active Places Power website and what can it be used for?

Active Places Power is a website to help those involved in providing sport provision with a series of tools to guide investment decisions and develop sport provision strategies. Primarily for Local Authorities and national governing bodies of sport it can help to build an evidence base when identifying and planning where to target interventions for facilities, clubs or other activities.

The website is underpinned by a single database that holds information on sports facilities throughout England. For more details on the data, including which facilities are within the database and how frequently the data is updated please refer to the specific FAQs.

The tools within the website have a range of capabilities from quick searches and simple reports to a series of push-button analytical tools that aim to make complex modelling techniques as user friendly and intuitive as possible. Each tool is supported with a guide and outputs can be downloaded for use in reports or local systems for further analysis.

The website should be used for:

          • A starting point for auditing existing facility provision as part of sports facility assessments and strategies

          • Benchmarking to compare existing facility provision with nearby and comparable local authorities

          • Basic assessments of the balance between the supply and demand of facilities

          • Creation of catchments for existing or proposed sports facilities to determine accessibility and profile socio, economic and demographic characteristics

The following limitations should be noted:

          • It is limited to 15 facility types

          • It is not possible to perform scenario tests in terms of closing or opening of facilities

          • It does not include detailed programming information and it does not include information on who uses the facilities

          • It does not include individual sports or specific activities which take place on sites

The site is password protected and users will be assigned different rights according to their needs and level of use. Again for further details on who can register to access the site please refer to the specific FAQ.

What is Be Inspired?

Be Inspired is Sport England’s consumer engagement platform.  It has 4.1 million registered users to whom Be Inspired provides information on how to get involved with sport through promoting major sport events and trumpeting opportunities to take part in sport or activity.  Registered users mainly comprise those who registered to buy tickets for London 2012. 

For a limited period the Be Inspired website had a sport and fitness finder tool, previous piloted through a Sport England pilot called spogo, but this has been withdrawn due to the underlying data becoming out of date and not being maintained.   

For more information see  The Be Inspired project team at contacted via

What is spogo?

spogo was a lottery-funded, not-for-profit, digital service pilot designed to help the general public find sport and fitness opportunities near them. The Sport England initiative delivered by the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) now UK Active provided a simple search-led tool to help people find and book physical activities as easily as finding and booking a train ticket.

It provided a service for anyone inspired by London 2012 - or the ever-increasing growth in messaging about the need to exercise – to try a new sport and continue to encourage them. The aim being to deliver a Digital Health Legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through increasing participation in sport and physical activity.

As of January 2015 the spogo pilot was decommissioned with the sport and fitness finder being integrated within the Be Inspired website for a limited period.  The latter has also been withdrawn due to the underlying data becoming out of date. See What is Be Inspired? for back ground information.

Alternartively see

When was Active Places created and for what reason?

Active Places is essentially the brand name for a sports facility database. The national database was launched in 2004 and currently holds data on over 40,000 sites and 64,000 facilities for 14 different facility types (approximately 80% of where formal sport takes place), with each record being checked on an annual basis. (Counts accurate as of September 2012.)

The original business case for Active Places came from the 2002 Cabinet Office publication Game Plan. This recommended setting up a facilities database to help ensure that facility provision is planned at the national and local level, and investment is going in the right areas and not leading to duplication of provision.

Sport England was given the responsibility to establish the database. Since 2004 the data has primarily been used to provide information on where to play sport to consumers and also deliver a number of services to assist local authorities and other facility providers in the strategic planning of sports facilities. The key website built upon the database is 
a Business to Business, password protected website designed for Local Authorities, National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB) and other partners to help them plan more strategically sports facility provision.

In addition to the above Sport England websites, active places data is also shared via licence agreements to other systems/websites including: Football Foundation and Football Association, CSP websites e.g. Get Active London, NHS Choices and Google Maps (local enhanced content deal).

Why was the Active Places Power website redesigned / redeveloped?

The existing Active Places Power infrastructure was beginning to near the end of its life. Change Requests to redevelop specific elements of the website based on existing technology were becoming more difficult and costly to implement.  

Redevelopment enabled a complete review of the existing site and the use of new technologies would provide  improved functionality with a more flexible system to administer.   

Following a User consultation in October 2011 to determine the features that should be retained and those that needed discarding or improving, along with new suggestions development work commenced with a first release being delivered in November 2012. 

Category: Data

Can data be downloaded or accessed via an API?

An API to access Active Places facility data does not presently exist.  

An API to access Active Places facility is something we are working on. Our intention is to establish APIs to allow full integration into back end GIS systems or other databases held by local authorities or other partners.  Unfortunatley we are not in a position to provide timescales on availability but will update the FAQs as soon as they are ready.

Presently Active Places Facility data can be downloaded either via:

1)  Active Places Power reports (most likely the Detailed Report) for a given area of interest, which will create a snapshot report that can be downloaded as a single csv file.  The single csv file contains a standard set of fields including Easting and Northing grid coordinates.

2) – Active Places Open Data (see APP webpage footer - no login required) which includes all facilities EXCEPT those that are: closed, under construction, planned or are marked as private on the database.

Active Places Open Data is available as CSV flat files and JSON format, both of which are updated on a nightly basis.   (Note this replaces the version previously available via the spogo website, which was decommissioned in January 2015.)   

How can I provide feedback on the facility data within the website?

Should you want to provide detailed facility feedback or want to update a lot of information for your area of interest (for example for a local sport and recreation strategy) please contact Adetiq on 01273 202212 or   Adetiq replaced The Leisure Database Company as the 
Active Places Data Validation Team on 2nd November 2015.  

How frequently does active places data get updated?

Active Places records are maintained via a combination of a third party (Adetiq) who are contracted by Sport England to collect, validate and maintain sport facility data in addition to individual facility owners and managers who have taken responsibility to self-maintain and update information on their own facility records.  

As updates are collected they are processed to the live database and immediately available within the Active Places Power website.  Proir to 2nd November 2015 updates were made available on a weekly basis.  

Is Active Places data available in GIS formats?

Active Places facility data is not available in native GIS formats such as Esri shapefile. 

However, the geocoded Active Places Facility data can be downloaded either via:

1)  Active Places Power reports (most likely the Detailed Report) for a given area of interest, which will create a snapshot report that can be downloaded as a single csv file.  The single csv file contains a standard set of fields including Easting and Northing grid coordinates.

2) – Active Places Open Data (see APP webpage footer - no login required) which includes all facilities EXCEPT those that are: closed, under construction, planned or are marked as private on the database. This data is in a number of CSV flat files and is updated on a monthly basis.  Again all sport facility records contain Easting and Northing coordinates. 

Note this replaces the version previously available via the spogo website, which was decommissioned in January 2015.  This download provides the most comprehensive set of active places data but records within each file need to be linked together via common IDs and lookups.  

What are County Sports Partnership areas?

There are 49 County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) covering England representing local networks of:

• Local Authorities
• National Governing Bodies (NGBs) for sport
• Clubs
• Schools and School Sport Partnerships
• Primary care trusts

The also include other local agencies committed to working together to increase participation in sport and physical activity. CSPs are led by a central team of people whose job it is to provide leadership and co-ordination of the network.

For more information see -

What are the criteria for facility inclusion?

The following criteria are used to determine inclusion within the Active Places database:

• Public sector, including local authority (including parish councils)
• Education (including further and higher education), Ministry of Defence and Health
• Sports clubs, including: local sports clubs and Civil Service Sports & Social Club
• Private/commercial, including: hotels, leisure clubs and private sector chain providers

What are the small area participation estimates?

In order to show variation at a sub local authority level, participation had to be modelled at the Middle Super Output area (MSOA) level. These synthetic or modelled estimates combine Sport England’s Active People Survey 3 (Oct 2008-Oct 2009) and Active People Survey 4 (October 2009-October 2010) survey data with other data sources that are available at the area level (for example, health indicators, socioeconomic status etc.).

As with Active People Survey participation, synthetic estimates are modelled for 1) Sport only 2) Sport and active recreation. Active Places Power only references the sport only 3 x 30 small area estimate measure.

For more information see the small area estimate website:

What is Rural Urban Classification data?

The Rural Urban Classification is an Official Statistic provided by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and is used to distinguish rural and urban areas. The Classification defines areas as rural if they fall outside of settlements with more than 10,000 resident population.  For more information on this dataset see

Within Active Places Power, the Rural Urban Classification (RUC) is a single map layer classifying each Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) with its RUC setting.  See Map > Map Layers > Environment Data > Rural Urban Classification.  Eight classifications are defined within the single map layer.  They are:   

    • A1 - Urban major conurbation

    • B1 - Urban minor conurbation

    • C1 - Urban city and town

    • C2 - Urban city and town (sparse)

    • D1 - Rural town and fringe

    • D2 - Rural town and fringe (sparse)

    • E1 - Rural village and dispersed

    • E2 - Rural village and dispersed (sparse)

What is sports market segmentation and why is it no longer available?

Sport England commissioned Experian to create the sports market segmentation data in 2007 and subsequently refresh the data in 2010. The data groups the adult population (18 and above) of England into 19 segments that provide an in-depth understanding of people's attitudes and behaviours towards taking part in sport.

The 19 sport segments each have an extensive set of characteristics that define them. To fully interrogate these characteristics refer to the segments website (link below). Active Places currently only provides population counts for each of the 19 segments.

For more information on the market segments include Pen Portraits pdf documents for each segment and a comprehensive set of sport market segmentation FAQs see the segments website -

UPDATE March 2018:  Why is Market Segmentation data no longer available?

While we appreciate Market Segmentation data has been a valuable tool for partners over the years, it is now some way out of date – last updated in 2010 and so based upon Active People Survey data for Apr 2009/10. Not only do we know that activity levels have shifted in that time (step up overall leading up to London 2012 and many shifts within different sports) but also Sporting Future (government's sport strategy) has led to a change in Sport England's strategic direction and headline metrics.

Sport England no longer focus on weekly participation, the key APS metric feeding the segmentation tool, instead we look to understand active lifestyles as per CMO (Chief Medical Office) guidelines of 150+ minutes a week. We also have a broader activity mix, no longer focusing solely on sport in the traditional sense but also on physical activity through walking, active travel and dance (alongside sporting activities, fitness and cycling which we have always had a focus on).

Sport England are looking at our options for a segmentation style resource going forwards but this thinking is in the very early ‘thought’ stages and there is currently no commitment to any replacement tool. To fill the gap in the interim we recommend the use of ONS’s segmentation. Whilst not overlaying the activity data from Active Lives this does provide a useful categorisation of the population for targeting purposes – for example it is relatively easy to identify a number of segments that would fit a lower social-economic group focus. We will ourselves be considering this resource for any future ‘Sport England’ segmentation.

What is the Active Places Data Platform?

Sport England has developed a new online tool called the Active Places Data Platform (  The (password protected) platform is used to manage and maintain the national sport facility database (Active Places) in real-time.  

Data records are collected, validated and maintained by Adetiq - Sport England's appointed (November 2015) Active Places Data Validation Team contractor. In addition the fully self-service platform allows individual facility owners and managers to self manage their facility data.  This enables the data to be maintained by those who know their facilities the best and ensures data is as up to date as possible. 

For any queries regarding the Active Places Data Platform contact Adetiq on 01273 202212 or

What is the English Indicies of Deprivation data?

The English indices of deprivation 2015 is an Official Statistic provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and are statistics on relative deprivation in small areas in England. The English indices of deprivation ranks every small area in England from 1 (most deprived area) to 32,844 (least deprived area).  The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) combines information from seven domains to produce an overall relative measure of deprivation.  For more information on this dataset see


Within Active Places Power, the English indices of deprivation consist of the following 10 dedicated map layers.  See Map > Map Layers > Population Data > Indices of Deprivation (2015).  They are: 


    • - Index of Multiple Deprivation

    • - -Income

    •  Employment

    • - Health and Disability

    • - Education, Skills and Training

    • - Crime

    • - Barriers to housing & services

    • - Living environment

    • - Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI)

    • - Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index (IDAOPI)

Each individual map layer has a standard symbology based upon a decile classification.  Each Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) has a colour based upon its decile classification. ‘Deciles’ are published alongside ranks within the raw data.  (Deciles are calculated by ranking the 32,844 small areas in England from most deprived to least deprived and dividing them into 10 equal groups.) 

What is the National Statistics Socio-economic Classifications (NS-SeC) data?

The National Statistics Socio-economic Classifications (NS-SeC) is a measure of employment relations and conditions of occupations. These are central to showing the structure of socio-economic positions in modern societies and helping to explain variations in social behaviour and other social phenomena.  For more information on this dataset see .


Within Active Places Power NS-SeC of usual residents aged 16 to 74 are a series of map layers at Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) geographies.  See Map > Map Layers > Population Data > Socio-economic (NS-SeC).  Nine classifications (each as individual map layers) can be displayed showing the percentage of population within each classification or classification grouping.  They are: 

  • - Managerial combined (1-2)

  • - Intermediate occupations (3)

  • - Small employers and own account (4)

  • - Lower supervisory and technical (5)

  • - Intermediate, Small and Lower (3-5)

  • - Routine combined (6-7)

  • - Never worked and unemployed (8)

  • - Routine and not working  (6-8)

  • - Not classified (9)

Each individual map layer has a standard symbology showing the percentage of population within the classification (one or more) divided by total population.  10% intervals up to 100% (deciles) are used. 

What is the Site Details Comments tab used for?

Note, Comments function is currently restricted to Sport England users only.

The Comments tab is used to view and submit local intelligence information relevant to either a site as a whole (if it is relevant to all facilities at that site) or for individual facilities located at the site. 

Local intelligence information will be used to help Sport England and it partners track trends and inform related strategic planning work. 

Note, Sport England will endeavour to moderate comments, where necessary editing or deleting any comment at any time should it be deemed inappropriate or unrelated to the purpose of this function. 

It should also be noted that submitted comments may need to be disclosed by Sport England in accordance with the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000. 

To provide knowledge of any edits to site and facility attribute details (i.e. the size dimensions of a sports hall) please use the “feedback” links located in the top right corner of the Site Details pages.  

What sport participation data is used within active places power?

Active Places uses Sport England's Active People Survey, which is a measure of participation in sport and active recreation at a local authority level. It is a telephone survey of adults living in England (aged 16 years and over) and it identifies how participation varies from place to place and between different groups in the population. The survey was first collected in 2005 and has subsequently been reported on a biannual basis.

Sport England has collected two different measures of participation (as a result of different strategic objectives). 1) Sport only (does not include recreational walking or cycling) 2) Sport and active recreation (formally National Indicator 8). Active Places Power references the sport only measure with the following breaks:

• Zero sessions: Zero sessions of at least moderate intensity sport for at least 30 minutes in the previous 28 days (adults age 16 and over)

• Once a week (4 days ): At least one session a week ( at least 4 sessions of at least moderate intensity sport for at least 30 minutes in the previous 28 days) (adults age 16 and over)

• Three times a week (12 days ): At least three sessions a week (at least 12 sessions of at least moderate intensity sport for at least 30 minutes in the previous 28 days) (adults age 16 and over)

More information can be found on the Sport England website:
Active People Survey -
Active People Diagnostic -

Also see "What are the small area participation estimates?" FAQ.  

Which facility types are included within active places?

Active Places currently holds the following Facility types:

  • • Artificial Grass Pitch
  • • Athletics Tracks
  • • Golf
  • • Grass Pitches
  • • Health & Fitness Suite
  • • Ice Rinks
  • • Indoor Bowls
  • • Indoor Tennis Centre
  • • Ski Slopes
  • • Sports Hall
  • • Squash Courts
  • • Studios
  • • Swimming Pool
  • • Tennis Courts

These facilities represent where 70-80% of formal sport takes place and they also tend to be large land users.

A data collection schedule has been developed to expand the number of new facility types held within Active Places. These will be added to the live database and website once collected to the required standards.

Which small area geographies are used within Active Places Power?

Active Places Power uses small area geographies designed by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to improve the reporting of small area statistics in England and Wales. They are known as Super Output Areas (SOAs) and were developed as an alternative to Wards for calculating small area statistics. Unlike Wards and Postcode geographies, all SOA represent a similar number of people allowing for comparability across smaller geographic areas. The SOA layers form a hierarchy based on aggregations of Output Areas (OAs), as below:

There are three levels:

• OA | Minimum Population: 100 | Mean Population: 300 | Households: 80 | Constrained by: LSOA | Number of records in England and Wales: ~ 175,000

• Lower SOA | Minimum Population: 1000 | Mean Population: 1500 | Households: 400 | Constrained by: Local Authority Wards | Number of records in England and Wales: 32,482 in England, 1896 in Wales

• Middle SOA | Minimum Population: 5000 | Mean Population: 7200 | Households: 2000 | Constrained by: Local Authority Boundaries | Number of records in England and Wales: 6780 in England, 413 in Wales

The above figure refer to the 2001 output area geographies.  Further information can be found on

Who collects and maintains active places data?

Adetiq are contracted by Sport England to collect, validate and maintain sport facility data within the Active Places database.  Adetiq replaced The Leisure Database Company on 2nd November 2015.  

In addition individual sport facility owners and managers are able to maintain information in real time on their facilities via the self-service Active Places Data Platform.  

Adetiq will continue to update records on a rolling basis primarily through telephone survey with each site being checked on an annual basis.   Data is also updated through feedback from users and through an “intelligent audit” e.g. monitoring of planning permissions, trade press etc. 

Should you want to provide detailed feedback or want to update a lot of information for your area of interest (for example for a local sport and recreation strategy) please Adetiq on 01273 202212 or   

Why are clubs no longer included within active places?

Club data is no longer included with Active Places having been removed in October 2017.  Prior to this club data within Active Places Power was a beta function.  It was a snapshot sample of club data that had been included to demonstrate how club data may be used within the websites tools. However, as there are no plans to update and expand clud data within Active Places Power the decision was taken to remove it.

Why can I not find a facility that I know should be there?

This could be for a number of reasons:

• Maybe it is there. To find a single facility use the Search function to search by Name of Site or Locality (Post Town, Postcode - full or partial, or Local Authority).

• It could be because your definition of a facility differs to ours. Review the Sports Data Model, which defines the database structure, fields and contents.

• If these two steps indicate that the facility should be added to the database please contact our Adetiq, our contracted Data Validation Team on 01273 202212 or   

Category: Mapping

From whom is the Aerial Photography imagery sourced and how current is it?

The aerial photography used within the Active Places Power website is supplied via the Aerial Photography for Great Britain (APGB) contract.  This is a contract between Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on behlaf of a numebr of central government organisation and Getmapping who are the lead supplier for a consortium that includes Bluesky, and Airbus.

The aerial photography is of a high 25cm resolution and is updated on a rolling 3 year cycle.  Although the majority of imagery has been captured within the last three years some areas are older.  

To access the aerial photography when using the interactive maps, go to Map Tools tab > Map Layers > Basemaps and Aerial Photography.

For more information see:

What contextual base map data is being used within the Active Places Power map component?

The Active Places Power interactive mapping component displays a number of different Ordnance Survey datasets, which are styled and set to display at different zoom levels. They are referenced via an ArcGIS map service hosted by ESRI UK.

Datasets range from MiniScale� and 1:250 000 Scale Colour Raster to Vector Map Local (VML) and OS MasterMap thereby providing highly detailed contextual mapping from national to street level. Users can choose between the following basemap styles to provide context to overlaid data.

• 'Grey' – greyscale map with no labels providing the minimal level of contextual detail.  (References the OS_Open_Greyscale ESRI UK Opendata map service.)  Does not display at 1:2,500 or 1:1,250 scales.

• 'Simple' – uncluttered and clean map consistent between all viewing scale.  (References the OS_Open_Background ESRI UK Opendata map service.)  Does not display at 1:2,500 or 1:1,250 scales.

• 'Detailed' – the be comprehensive contextual map showing MasterMap level detail at the largest scales.  (References the OS_VML_MM_Carto ESRI UK Premium map service.)  Default map.  Displays at all scales.

• 'Traditional' – displays Ordnance Survey raster maps including 1:50k, 1:25k and 1:10k at larger scales.  (References the OS_Premium_Rasters ESRI UK Premium map service.)  Does not display at 1:1,250 scale.

Data is updated on a quarterly basis and cached at the following levels:

• 10,000,000
• 5,000,000
• 2,500,000
• 1,000,000
• 500,000
• 250,000
• 100,000
• 75,000
• 50,000
• 25,000
• 10,000
• 5,000
• 2,500
• 1,250

For more information see:

What do the map marker balloons / clusters represent?

Active Places Power displays point based data for sport facility locations on the interactive map using balloon shaped map markers.  

To display map markers either run a search or report and swtich to the map tab to view results via a map interface.  Alternatively run a Map Search.  For all map interfaces the Map Tools tab (displayed on the left side of the map) has two sections.  Use Map Search to navigate the map or Map Layers to add and remove map data layers including, individual faciliity types.  

Due to the potential to represent a large number of facilities geographically on a map, a visual representation technique known as clustering is used. 

Clustering reduces the number of map markers displayed on the map by grouping those in close proximity to each other in an aggregate form.  Each map marker cluster contains a summary count of the number of facilities set to display.  

Clustered map marker balloons have four sizes:

• Small – no count represents a single count

• Small – with count represents between 2 to 9

• Medium – with count represent between 10 to 99

• Large – with count represents between 100 to 999

Zooming in to a more detailed large scale map will result in the dispersion of markers into individual marker locations.  The opposite is also true that zooming out to a small scale map will result in markers grouping together.  

Map markers that continue to display a count value at large map scales will represent sites with more than 2 facilities.  

It should be noted that a cluster map marker is generally located at the geographic centre for those dispersed individual locations grouped within the cluster. 

Only when the cluster represents a collection of facilities at a single site or the cluster representation is turned off will the map markers represent the exact geographic location of a site with multiple facilities.  

Category: SDM

What are the facility Access Type definitions?

Access Types are defined as:

AccessibilityID 1 - Free Public Access - There is no charge to use the facility

AccessibilityID 2 - Pay and Play - The main means of public access to the facility is on payment of a charge.  The facility may also have a membership scheme, and it may be possible to block book the facility for a specific activity or for lessons, but during the public opening hours anyone can just turn up, pay and play. 

For example: Local authority swimming pool or health and fitness facility, where the casual user pays per session, although there is also a membership scheme.

AccessibilityID 3 - Sports Club/Community Association use - The main means of public access to the facility is via sports clubs or community associations, which book it for use by their members.  Membership of the club or association is based on a particular sport or community group, and is not based on performance criteria or on a particular facility.  The club or association may use several different facilities.

For example: Access to indoor bowls greens is through a bowls club, or to athletics tracks through an athletics club.  School swimming pool that can be used by a swimming or sub-aqua club, but cannot be used by the general public.

AccessibilityID 4 - Registered Membership use - The main public access to the facility is by membership.  Members usually pay a joining fee as well as a monthly or annual subscription.  Membership is controlled by the owner or manager of the facility.

For example: Fitness First health and fitness facility can only be used by registered members

AccessibilityID 5 - Private use - The facility cannot be used by the public, either on a pay and play basis or through a recreational club, except when playing against the owner of the site.  It may be available for use by elite clubs or development squads.   

For example: School grass pitches that are only available for the school teams and the teams they are playing against.  University, prison, MOD etc facilities that are not available for public use.

AccessibilityID 6 - Not Known

Access Types are grouped into the following categories:

  • Public Access (AccessibilityID 1 to 4)
  • Private (AccessibilityID 5 only)
  • Not Known (AccessibilityID 6 and NULL)

What are the facility Management Type definitions?

Generally there is one management type for each site.  Sometimes there may be more than one (e.g. outdoor facilities are managed by the LEA but indoor facilities are handled by a private contractor).  

    Management Types are defined as:  

    MgmtTypeID 1 - School/College/University (in house) - Managed by the school/college themselves.  Community access to these facilities are often limited to fit around curriculum/University use

    MgmtTypeID 2 - Local Authority (in house) - Managed by Local Authority using their own staff. 

    MgmtTypeID 3 - Private Contractor (PPP/PFI) - Facility managed by a private contractor as part of the Public Private Partnership / Private Finance Initiative. PPP/PFI  is a partnership between the public and private sector for the purpose of delivering a project or service traditionally provided by the public sector.  This is an arrangement whereby the public sector pays the contractor to build and run a facility for a set period (25 years), after which the facility is handed back to the public sector.  This arrangement is increasingly common with the development of new schools and some Local Authority Leisure Provision.

    MgmtTypeID 4 – Trust - Charitable Trust set up to run sports facilities.  A number of Local Authorities have set up Leisure Trusts to run their leisure centres.  These Trusts benefit from charitable status and work outside the Local Authority structure.  The Local Authority remains the owner of the facility.

    MgmtTypeID 5 - Sport Club - Where the facility is managed by a sports club.

    MgmtTypeID 6 - Commercial Management - Where the facility is managed by a commercial company, such as commercial health clubs.  There are also Local Authority Facilities which have been contracted in to manage Local Authority Leisure Centres. 

    MgmtTypeID 7 - CSSC - Civil Service Sports Council provides sports facilities for employees in Government departments and agencies, the Post Office, BT and many other public bodies and in many companies carrying out ex-civil service work. The CSSC is the largest corporate provider of sport and leisure in the UK and have a network of sports facilities across the country.

    MgmtTypeID 8 - Community Organisation - Facilities that are managed and run by Community Organisations, such as community associations and user groups. 

    MgmtTypeID 9 - Industry Sports Club - Facilities which are managed by an Industrial/Commercial Company for the benefit and use by its staff.  Use of these facilities are often limited to family members of employees.

    MgmtTypeID 10 - Health Authority - Facilities which are managed by the Health Authority.

    MgmtTypeID 11 – MOD - Facilities on MOD sites managed by Armed Forces.  Limited community availability.

    MgmtTypeID 12 - Other - Other types of management

    MgmtTypeID 13 - Not Known - Facilities where the management type is not known.

    Management types are grouped into the following categories:

    • Education – (MgmtTypeID 1)
    • Local Authority– (MgmtTypeID 2)
    • Trust – (MgmtTypeID 4)
    • Commercial – (MgmtTypeID 6)
    • Others – (MgmtTypeID 3, 5, 7 to 12)
    • Not Known – (MgmtTypeID13 and Null)

    What are the facility Operational Status definitions?

    Operational Status means the functional status of a facility.  The Operational Status of a facility is defined as:

    FacStatusID 1 - Planned

    FacStatusID 2 - Under Construction

    FacStatusID 3 - Operational

    FacStatusID 4 - Temporarily Closed

    FacStatusID 5 - Closed

    FacStatusID 6 - Does not appear to meet Active Places criteria*

    FacStatusID 7 - No Grass Pitches Currently Marked Out

    FacStatusID 8 - Not Known

    * The “Does not appear to meet Active Places criteria” means that the data collected under further inspection has been found to not meet the definitions of the facility type/sub type as defined in the Sports Data Model e.g. it is an AGP where the length is too small etc. It is not a reflection of the quality or it failing to meet a certain design standard. The definitions of the facility types can be found under Help > Sports Data Model (SDM).

    What are the facility Ownership Type definitions?

    Ownership Types are defined as:  

    (Note, for educational establishments the education type is taken from the Type of Establishment code in Edubase).  

    OwnerTypeID 1 - Local Authority - Facilities owned by the Local Authority, to include District, Borough, County and Unitary Councils

    OwnerTypeID 2 - Community school - Similar to former County schools. LEA employs the school’s staff, owns the school’s land and buildings and is the admissions authority (it has primary responsibility for deciding the arrangements for admitting pupils.

    OwnerTypeID 3 - Voluntary Aided School - Similar to former aided schools. The governing body is the employer and the admissions authority. The school’s land and buildings (apart from playing fields which are normally vested in the LEA) will normally be owned by a charitable foundation.

    OwnerTypeID 4 - Voluntary Controlled School - Very similar to former controlled schools. The LEA is the employer and the admissions authority. The school’s land and buildings (apart from the playing fields which are normally vested in the LEA) will normally be owned by a charitable foundation.

    OwnerTypeID 5 - Foundation School - At foundation schools the governing body is the employer and the admissions authority. The school’s land and buildings are either owned by the governing body or by a charitable foundation.

    OwnerTypeID 6 - City Technology College - Independent all- ability, non fee-paying schools for pupils aged 11-18. Their purpose is to offer pupils of all abilities in urban areas across England the opportunity to study successfully a curriculum geared, with the help of private sector sponsors, towards the world of work. Also encouraged to innovate in the development, management and delivery of the curriculum.

    OwnerTypeID 7 - Community Special School - Is the special school equivalent of mainstream Community schools yet are catered wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs.

    OwnerTypeID 8 - Non-Maintained Special School - Independent special schools approved by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. They are run on a not-for-profit basis by charitable trusts and normally cater for children with severe and/or low incidence special educational needs.

    OwnerTypeID 9 - Independent School approved for SEN Pupils - A special school equivalent of Other Independent catering wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs. Has been approved by the DfES for SEN provision.

    OwnerTypeID 10 - Other Independent Special School - A special school equivalent of Other Independent catering wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs.

    OwnerTypeID 11 - Other Independent School - Any school which provides full time education for 5 or more pupils of compulsory school age, which is not maintained by a local education authority or a non-maintained special school.

    OwnerTypeID 12 - Foundation Special School - A special school equivalent of the mainstream Foundation school catering wholly or mainly for children with statutory statements of special educational needs.

    OwnerTypeID 13 - Pupil Referral Unit - Any school established and maintained by a local authority which Is specially organised to provide education for children who are excluded, sick or otherwise unable to attend mainstream school and Is not a county or special school.

    OwnerTypeID 14 - LEA Nursery School - Is maintained by a local education authority and is not a special school, providing education for children who have attained the age of 2 but are under compulsory school age.

    OwnerTypeID 15 - Playing for Success - Through Playing for Success, the DfES is establishing out of school hours study support centres within top football clubs and at other sports’ clubs grounds and venues. The centres use the environment and medium of football to help motivate pupils identified by their schools, as being in need of a boost to help them get back up to speed in literacy and ICT.

    OwnerTypeID 16 - Academy Sponsor Led - Academies are all-ability, state-funded schools established and managed by sponsors from a wide range of backgrounds, including high performing schools and colleges, universities, individual philanthropists, businesses, the voluntary sector, and the faith communities

    OwnerTypeID 17 - EY Setting - Early Years settings include private and voluntary day nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, childminding networks, portage services and Local Authority day nurseries. The database only lists EY Settings that are registered with the Early Years Development Plan and Childcare Partnerships.

    OwnerTypeID 18 - Further Education

    OwnerTypeID 19 - Higher Education Institutions

    OwnerTypeID 21 - Miscellaneous Education

    OwnerTypeID 22 - Secure Units

    OwnerTypeID 23 - Sixth Form Centres

    OwnerTypeID 24 - Commercial - Site owned by a commercial company .

    OwnerTypeID 25 - Sports Club - Site owned by a sports club.

    OwnerTypeID 26 - Community Organisation - Facilities that are owned and run by Community Organisations, such as community associations and user groups. 

    OwnerTypeID 27 - Government - Sites which are owned by Government Departments, excluding Local Authority site & MOD sites.

    OwnerTypeID 28 - Industry (for employees) - Facilities which are owned by an Industrial/Commercial Company for the benefit and use by its staff.  Use of these facilities are often limited to family members of employees.

    OwnerTypeID 29 - Health Authority - Facilities which are owned by the Health Authority.

    OwnerTypeID 30 - MOD - Facilities owned by the MOD. 

    OwnerTypeID 31 - Other - Other types of ownership

    OwnerTypeID 32 - Not known - Sites where the ownership is not known

    OwnerTypeID 33 - Academy Convertors - All schools that have chosen through Governing Body Resolution and application to the Secretary of State to become an Academy under the Academies Act 2010.

    OwnerTypeID 34 - Academy Free Schools - Free Schools are all-ability state-funded schools set up in response to parental demand. The most important element of a great education is the quality of teaching and Free Schools will enable excellent teachers to create schools and improve standards for all children, regardless

    OwnerTypeID 35 - Academy Specials - Special Schools that have chosen through Governing Body Resolution and application to the Secretary of State to become an Academy under the Academies Act 2010. These will be handled differently to Academy convertors and will follow a different process which is currently being developed

    OwnerTypeID 36 - Special College

    Ownership types are grouped into the following categories:

    • Local Authority – (OwnerTypeID 1)
    • Education – (OwnerTypeID 2 to 23 and 33 to 36)
    • Commercial – (OwnerTypeID 24)
    • Sports Club – (OwnerTypeID 25)
    • Community Organisation – (OwnerTypeID 26)
    • Others – (OwnerTypeID 27 to 31)
    • Not Known – (OwnerTypeID 32 and Null)


    What is the relationship between a site and a facility?

    The Active Places database base in structured so that a single site may have one or more facilities associated with it (a one to many relationship).  Each site and each individual facility sub type will have a unique ID.  As the below example shows these numbers may be very similar but never the same.

    The below example for Aireville School in North Yorkshire CSP shows a single site (i.e. Aireville School - unique id of 1010263), which has three sports hall facilities - one main hall (2008384) and two activity halls (2026284 and 2026285).

    Site Name

    Site Id

    Facility Type

    Facility Sub Type

    Facility Id



    Facility Status



    Sports Hall



    Badminton courts





    Sports Hall

    Activity Hall


    Badminton courts





    Sports Hall

    Activity Hall


    Badminton courts



    What is the Sport Data Model (SDM)?

    The Active Places sport facility database is a complex relational database.  The individual database tables, their contents and relationships are defined within the Sport Data Model (SDM).   

    The SDM is available for download as an Excel spread sheet (see Help menu > SDM) and should be referenced by users of the data in particular those who download and use the data for local analysis or integration with other applications.  

    What type of sport facilities does Active Places hold information on?

    The Active Places Database currently holds information on 14 facility types, each of which has one or more sub types.  They are listed below.  The Active Places Sport Data Model defines additional facility types and Sport England is actively working to introduce data for these facility types.


    Facility Type



    Facility Sub-Type



    Athletics Tracks

    Permanently constructed all weather 400m outdoor running track with a minimum number of 4 lanes. Does not include tracks that are seasonally marked out on grass or short (200m) training tracks that are marked out on Synthetic Turf pitches.



    Tracks made from acrylic man made material. Surfaces give greater cushioning for runner and are the most modern form of track.   Synthetic tracks are gradually replacing cinder and grass tracks.  This surface is also called 'Tartan'.




    Tracks made from unbound material, such as cinder.  This category includes Redgra (natural aggregate dressing), shale and 'real cinder' tracks. 





    Permanent Grass

    Tracks that are permanently marked out on grass.   Does not include running tracks which are seasonally marked out during the summer; this tends to be the case which many school tracks.


    Health and Fitness Suite

    Normally a minimum of 20 stations, although some small health & fitness suites may be included.


    Health and Fitness Suite

    A room or rooms with cardiovascular and/or resistance stations, and possibly also free weights and stretching areas.


    Indoor Bowls

    Permanent indoor facility which contains a carpeted bowls green area.  Can be a purpose built bowls centre or dedicated bowls area within a sports facility.   The bowls green area must be specifically constructed for bowls use.  Does not include short matt bowls areas, which are temporarily laid out in multipurpose halls. 


    Indoor Bowls



    Indoor Tennis Centre

    Covered or indoor tennis courts, includes standalone indoor tennis structures, purpose built tennis centres and indoor courts connected to other sports facilities, such as sports clubs.  To only include dedicated indoor tennis courts, and not multi use halls or outdoor MUGA's which are marked out as tennis courts. 



    Unframed fabric structure which requires inflating to form its shape.  Commonly referred to as 'Bubbles'. Can be over existing outdoor courts. Most cost effective way to provide indoor court. Most common type of non-traditional indoor court.



    Airhall (seasonal)

    As above, but only inflated part of the year.



    Framed Fabric

    Steel frame covered with fabric. Permanent structure which does not require 'inflating'.






    Permanent structure which is not fabric. Traditional steel/timber framed and block structure.


    Grass Pitches

    A grass that is marked out for at least part of the year as a pitch for a particular sport, upon which a match could be played.  Does not include Artificial Grass Pitches (these should be included in AGPs).  Does not include grass pitches of less than 0.4 hectares.


    Full sized Football

    Minimum size 90m x 46m, max 120m x 90m



    Junior Football

    Minimum size 70 x 42, max 82 x 56




    A grass area that is has a marked out cricket square for at least part of the year and upon which a cricket match can be played.  Minimum size 46 x 46



    Senior Rugby League

    Minimum size 88m x 55m (recreational) max 122m x 68m (inc goal area)



    Junior Rugby League



    Senior Rugby Union

    71m x 44m min to 144m x 70m max (inc in goal area) (exc run offs)



    Junior Rugby Union

    60m x 30m min to 70m x 43m max  (inc in goal area) (exc run offs)



    Australian Rules Football

    135m x 110m min to 185m x 155m max (exc run offs)



    American Football

    109.73 x 48.77m min (exc run off)




    91.4m x 55m (exc run off)




    100m x 55m (men), 100m x 50m min to 122 x 60m max (women) (exc run offs)




    40m x 60m min (min 30m boundary) to 60m x 100m senior max (min 50m boundary),




    21.34m x 21.34m to 27.43m x 27.43m max (diamond) (exc run off & outfield)




    16.76m x16.76m to 19.81m x 19.81m max (diamond) (exc run off & outfield)



    Gaelic Football

    130m x 80m min to 145m x 90m max (exc run offs)




    128m x 64m min to 155m x 73 max 9 (exc run offs)




    130m x 80m min to 145m x 90m max (exc run offs)




    230m x 146m min to 275m x 183m max (exc run offs)



    Cycling Polo

    120m x 80m min to 150m x 100m max (exc run offs)



    Mini Soccer

    Minimum 27.45m x 18.3m , max 54.9m x 36.6m



    Mini Rugby

    70m x 30m min to 70m x 35m max (inc in goal area) (exc run offs)





    Nine v Nine

    64m x 46m min, 82m x 46m max (exc run offs)


    Sports Hall

    Indoor multi-sports hall where a range of sport and recreational activities are carried out. 2 or more of the sport and recreational activities must be from the list of Activities, one or more of which must be on at least a weekly basis. One hall per site must be at least 18x10m, the size of one badminton court including surrounding safety area. Includes specifically designed sports halls, such as leisure centres and school sports halls, and also additional halls where activities can take place, such as school assembly halls, community buildings and village halls.  Specialist centres, e.g. dance centres, are not included. Includes other structures which may have been developed for other purposes but are now being used as a permanent sports hall (Barn).



    Main multi-sports hall(s) within site.  Minimum size is marked out as 3 Badminton courts and above. Dimensions Min width 18m, max width 70m, Min Length 27m Max length 90m


    Activity Hall

    This is a multi-sports hall (below 3 badminton courts) where activities take place that does not qualify as a main hall and is not a purpose built studio.  It can include Community/Village halls. It should be between the following dimensions: min width 9m, max width 18m, min length 17m, max length 26m. It may or may not be marked out.






    Marked out with Minimum size of 4 badminton courts or 1 basketball court, or 1 netball court or 1 volleyball court. These are buildings which did not start out life as a dedicated sports hall but are now used for that purpose. Typically the dimensions of the building are much greater than the courts they contain. May include courts marked out in the middle of a indoor velodrome or indoor running track.


    Swimming Pool

    Enclosed area of water, specifically maintained for all forms of water based sport & recreation.  Includes general swimming, teaching, training, diving, club use and school use.  Includes indoor and outdoor pools, freeform leisure pools, and specific diving tanks. Where an area of a pool is normally cordoned off as a purpose-built off-shoot of the main rectangular tank, e.g. diving section off a main pool, it is treated as a separate pool.



    Indoor only.  Principle pool(s) within site.  Minimum length is 15m.  Pool must be traditional rectangular tank.  Where a main pool has had flumes/slides fitted, provided the pool is rectangular in shape, it should be classified as a 'Main/General' pool.


    Leisure Pool

    Indoor only.  A pool which has a freeform, curved shape on the majority of its sides.  These pools are primarily designed for informal recreational swimming and may include flumes, slides, beach areas, water jets, wave machines.   Some leisure pools may have been designed to allow lane swimming within a specific area of the pool. These pools should be classified as 'leisure' where the majority of its sides are freeform.  If lanes are present, these should be counted, and the length recorded.



    Indoor only.  Either less than 15m in length, or a secondary pool within site. Smaller and generally shallower than Main pool, and traditionally rectangular in shape.  May have stepped/shallow area for infant use.  Record number of lanes if present.



    Indoor only.  Pool specifically designed for diving.  Pools are usually square and deeper than main pools.



    Public open-air pool. Includes ponds which have roped off section e.g. Hampstead. May be seasonal and only opened for six months of year. When shut status should be marked as Temporarily closed.


    Artificial Grass Pitch

    Synthetic alternative to grass, providing an all-weather surface for pitch sports, in particular, hockey and football. Pitches must be a minimum of 75m x 45m and be floodlit.  Does not include other non-turf surfaces, such as tarmac, concrete, Redgra (natural aggregate dressing).  Where there are two pitches within one site, of the same sub type but different measurements, these should be entered as separate facilities.


    Sand Filled

    20-25mm tufted carpet covered filled with graded sand laid over a rubber shock pad and engineering base. Most common surface for STP's, used in particular for hockey & football, but can be used by other activities, such as American Football, Lacrosse, and training for Rugby and Athletics.


    Water Based

    Similar pile to sand based, very dense synthetic sports surfaces that are irrigated with water. Combined with some form of underlay/shock-pad, sometimes integral. The carpets or the pad are typically designed to hold up the water flow at a specific rate.  This is the preferred surface for Hockey and is used for first class games.


    Rubber crumb pile (3G)

    50mm - 65mm long pile carpet filled with rubber crumb/sand. Generically named 'Third Generation' pitches. Used predominantly for football, but can be used for other sports such as rugby.     





    Sand Dressed

    This has sand base rather than sand infilling. A sand dressed pitch has a heavier amount of fibres which are more exposed, giving it a greener appearance. This is the preferred surface for club hockey



    All golf courses with a minimum number of 9 holes, and driving ranges



    A standard par course, with a minimum of 9 holes.


    Par 3

    Shorter length of holes than the standard course, where no hole is over Par 3.





    Driving Range

    Includes covered and uncovered driving bays. Range must have a minimum of 10 driving bays. Ranges based on hire of balls by the bucket, and user does not retrieve balls.  Does not include practise areas within golf courses.


    Ice Rinks

    All permanent ice rinks.  Does not include temporary ice rinks such as the one at Somerset House.


    Ice Rinks



    Ski Slopes

    A slope for skiing; natural slopes may be seasonal.  Does not include cross-country skiing tracks.


    Outdoor Artificial

    Permanent outdoor artificial slope


    Outdoor Natural

    Seasonal outdoor ski slope; must be equipped with a tow.






    Indoor ski slope;  snowdome



    A purpose built studio where classes are held for a range of activities such as yoga, aerobics, spinning, martial arts etc.  Normally it has a sprung floor and/or mirrors. It must be at a site that also has another Active Places facility. 





    Squash Courts

    Purpose build court(s) designed for playing squash.  A Squash court is a rectangular box with four vertical walls of varying height, being the Front Wall, Side Walls and Back Wall.  It has a level floor and a clear height above the court area.  Minimum dimensions are 9.74m x 6.39m.  The clear height above finished floor level (i.e. the height to the underside of the lowest obstruction) over the whole of the court must be not less than 5.64m.



    The court has a glass or transparent back wall






    Definition to follow


    Tennis Courts

    Marked out for tennis only, these should be one full size court with safety margins and be fenced. May be floodlit.


    Tennis Courts

    Marked out surface with minimum of 34.75m x 16.75m



    Category: Technical

    How can I export or print content created on active places power?

    It is firmly our desire to enable Users to take offline the analysis and reporting outputs generated within active places power.  Every table, chart and map within the website can be exported.  Tables to Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.  Charts to PNG and JPEG image formats.   Maps to PNG, JPEG and PDF formats.  

    Note, report result lists are not considered tables and therefore cannot be exported to Excel or Word.  These lists can be exported in csv format via Table Tab report download button, which can then be opened within a number of different software packages including Excel.

    To export tables and charts simply move the mouse cursor over the table or chart to display the export format options in the top right corner.  Click on the desired format to commence an export.  A download will be available through the browser’s download function; therefore this will vary depending upon the browser used.  Note only the chart or table will be exported.  No other text (i.e. heading or supporting information) will be included.  

    To export maps use the "Print Tools" menu list located above the map window.  Choose whether to include the legend and click on the desired format to commence an export.  A download will be available through the browser’s download function; therefore this will vary depending upon the browser used.  

    Which mapping API is used to provide the map and GIS capabilities?

    Active Places Power mapping capabilities are built upon ESRI's ArcGIS Server software (version 10). The Network Analyst extension is used to calculate catchment areas and perform route based analysis. The web mapping capabilities use the ArcGIS API for JavaScript (version 3.0).

    For more information on the ESRI ArcGIS Server suite of productions refer to their website -

    Which web browsers are supported?

    Active Places Power will work best in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), Chrome, Safari and Firefox.

    We are aware of specific issues around performance, load times and aesthetic inconsistency presented in IE8. These are due to many elements in the current design being dependent on JavaScript and HTML 5, which are not handled as efficiently by IE8 as other browsers. Unfortunately, these inefficiencies are largely due to IE8 architecture which we have no control on.

    In addition we are aware of an issue with map layers not displaying correctly via IE10.  To resolve this issue we recommend running the IE10 browser in IE9 compatability mode.  This will allow the application to fully function.  To do this open IE10, press ‘Alt’ key on your keyboard to bring up the top menu and then go to Tools > Developer Tools. (Alternatively you can just press the ‘F12’ key on your keyboard.) Click ‘Browser Mode’ and click on the Internet Explorer version you want to simulate.

    Category: Tools

    How are AND OR operators used in reports?

    When building a report there are a number of parameters that can be set.  The report queries are constructed using a combination of operator functions:

    The AND operator displays a record if both the first condition AND the second condition are true.  The AND operator is used when values are set between different options.  For example:

     I want a list of:

     - Area of Interest = National (AND)

     - Facility Type = AGP (AND)

     - Facility Sub Type = 3G Rubber Crumb (AND)

     - Pitch Count => 2 (AND)

     - Small AGP Flag ticked

     This would generate a report output of only small sided 3G APGs facilities with more than 2 pitches located in England.


    The OR operator displays a record if either the first condition OR the second condition is true.  The OR operator is used when multiple values within a single option.  For example:

     I want a list of:

     - Area of Interest = Kent (AND)

     - Facility Type = Grass Pitches (AND)

     - Ownership = Local Authority (OR) Education (OR) Sports Club

     This would generate a report output of Grass Pitches in Kent that are either owned by the Local Authority sector or the Education sector or Sports Clubs.


    It should be noted that no results may be generated if certain options are used e.g. for GOLF.  Unlike most facility types Golf has sub types that do not share the same attributes (i.e. Driving ranges do not have the same attributes as par 3 or standard courses).  For example:

     I want a list of:

     - Area of Interest = National (AND)

     - Golf (AND)

     - Bays = >4 (AND)

     - Holes = >4

     This would generate a report output of no results as no single facility has both Bay and Hole attributes. 

    How are counts of different facility types calculated?

    In broad terms calculations are based upon the smallest unit definable for a facility type.  For example the total number of Grass Pitches at a site will be based upon the number of individual pitches for all Grass Pitch sub types (of which 20 sub types currently exist ranging from Full Size Football to Rounders).  Should a site have four Full Size Football pitches, two Junior Football pitches and three Rounder pitches a total count of nine pitches would be calculated. 

    The method for calculating counts by the number of units applies to Artificial Grass Pitches (AGPs), Grass Pitches, Squash Courts and Tennis Courts.

    All other facility counts are based upon the number of facility sub types rather than unit value.   For example the total count of Swimming Pools at a site will be based upon the number of individual facility sub types only (of which there are five).  Should a site have one Main/General Pool, one Diving Pit and one Learner pool a total of three facilities would be calculated. 

     *Please note that between the re-launch of Active Places Power in November 2012 and a fix release in June 2013 Artificial Grass Pitches (AGPs), Grass Pitches, Squash Courts and Tennis Courts were incorrectly calculated as a count of facility type rather than a count of units.  The result being that counts for these facilities types were significantly less than normally reported by Sport England.*

    How are the catchment areas (drive and walking) generated and which datasets are used?

    Active Places Power uses ESRI's ArcGIS Server Network Analyst 10 software to provide dynamic catchment area analysis.

    For more information on ESRI's Network Analyst see:

    The two separate network datasets are used to compute the catchment areas within the Catchment Profile Report.  For the driving option Ordnance Survey's Integrated Transport Network (ITN) Layer is used whereas for the for the walking option,  ITN is combined with and Ordnance Survey's Urban Path data. In the walking option motorways are avoided and all traversable roads are assigned a speed of 3 MPH. 

    It should be noted that Ordnance Survey ITN road speed limits have not been used. Instead the entire ITN dataset has been assigned articulated speed limits determined through Sport England's Facility Planning Model (FPM). This includes for example junction delay factor of 15% (of the total Drive Time) and an additional 160 Secs (2.667 Mins) to factor in parking delays at start and end of each journey. This ensures a consistent calculation of drive times used within both Active Places Power and the Facility Planning Model.

    The ArcGIS Server Network Analyst extension computes catchment areas (isochrones) around any location on the network whether this be an existing facility or a new user defined location.  The service area will encompass all accessible streets that are within a specified impedance. For example, the 5-minute catchment area for a point on a network includes all the streets that can be reached within five minutes from that point.  A service are for a given point is simply the polygon areas defined by specific time limit breaks (i.e. 5, 10, 15, 20 , 25, 30, and 35 minutes).

    The resulting isochrones are then intersected with profile data (point in polygon) to create the required report information. For example, population centroids within each catchment area are selected and aggregated to provide a total population count.

    For more information on the Ordnance Survey data products see:
    ITN -
    Urban Path -

    For more information on ESRI's Network Analyst see:

    How can I compare outputs for a selected area of interest (AOI) against other AOIs?

    The “Compare Area of Interest” is an optional parameter that can be defined for the following reports:

    - Detailed Report – Facilities

    - Summary Report – Facilities

    The “Compare Area of Interest” enables up to 15 comparator AOIs to be selected.  To facilitate the selection of AOIs they have been grouped according to the following relationships:

     Hierarchical Relationship (The hierarchical neighbour AOIs available for selection will be those administrative authorities in ascending hierarchy from the initial AOI selected. For example: CSP(s), County, Region and National for a selected Local Authority.

    -  Geographical Relationship (The AOIs whose geographic boundaries adjoin that of the selected AOI). 

    -  CIPFA Relationship (The four AOIs whose CIPFA Nearest Neighbours Model score is closest to the selected AOI.  For more details on the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy Nearest Neighbour Model see -

    -  Core Cities (England’s eight largest city economies outside London)

    -  Full listing (All AOIs as listed within the default AOI list enabling the user to choose their own unique combination of comparison AOIs; Region, County, CSP and Local Authority AOIs.

    How does the access analysis report determine accessibility of sport facilities for a defined population?

    Active Places Power uses one of Esri’s Network Analyst routing solvers to provide dynamic Origin to Destination (OD) routing analysis. This is achieved via the ArcGIS Server Network Analyst extension geo-processing web service. The solver type used in the Access Analysis is the OD Matrix Analysis. It performs the cost of travel in time or distance from multiple origins to multiple destinations. 

    Two separate network datasets (driving model or walkingmodel) are used to compute the routing from multiple Output Area Centroids to multiple Facilities given a set of conditions. For the Drive option Ordnance Survey's Integrated Transport Network (ITN) Layer is used whereas for the Walk option, ITN is combined with the Ordnance Survey's Urban Path data. 


    In the walking option motorways are avoided and all traversable roads are assigned a speed of 3 MPH. In the driving option the Ordnance Survey ITN road speed limits have not been used. Instead the entire ITN dataset has been assigned articulated speed limits determined through Sport England's Facility Planning Model (FPM). This includes for example junction delay factor of 15% (of the total Drive Time) and an additional 160 Secs (2.667 Mins) to factor in parking delays at start and end of each journey. This ensures a consistent calculation of drive times used within both Active Places Power and the Facility Planning Model.


    With the Network Analyst OD Matrix solver, you can create an origin-destination travel time/distance cost matrix from multiple origins to multiple destinations. An OD cost matrix result contains the network impedance from each origin to each destination in accordance to specified cut-off criteria. 

    The best network path is discovered for each origin-destination pair, and the cost (travel time or distance) is stored in the attribute table of the output lines. Even though the map shows straight lines from origins to destinations for performance reasons, the attributes of the lines store the actual traversed network route cost, not the straight-line cost. 


    The user journey involves selecting an Area of Interest from the available list. The user can then choose to show population data and subsequently set the travel parameters. Parameters include choice of driving or walking and whether time or distance it to be used as a cut-off parameter. The system then submits this information to the ArcGIS Server Network Analyst solver to compute. When the process is completed the user gets notification to view the result. 


    The resulting map shows the lines of connection between the origin Population centroids and the destination Facility that were reachable given the cut-off parameters. Population Centroids that were unable to reach a Facility due to the cut-off parameters are shown as red dots. 

    The OD Matric calculation is an intensive process and thus the larger the Area of Interest, the more time it takes to compute the results. 

    What do the report calculation symbols mean (i.e. <=)?

    The below table defines the “operators” used to create basic calculations within the Active Places Power reports.




    Less than.


    Less than or equal to.


    Not equal to.


    Greater than.


    Greater than or equal to.

    For example to create a detailed report of Sports Halls of the equivalent size to 5 or more badminton courts set Badminton Courts >= 5.

    What information will the Map Identify tool return?

    The Active Places Power interactive map includes a "Map Identify" tool (blue circle with "i") that returns information for a given location on the map.  To use the tool click on the Map Identify icon, which will change the mouse marker to include a question mark and display a tool tip.

    Click anyway on the map to return inforamtion.  A default set of location information will be returned by default (see below table).  Other map layer must be set to display (within the left side Map Layers section) in order for the tool to return information on them.  The tool will automatically drill down through all map layers set displaying on the map in addition to the default information. 

    If multiple results are returned for a given data layer (i.e. Census Output Areas) zoom in to a larger scale and repeat the Map Identify action.  This will return a more specific results set.

    Location Details



    Parliamentary Constituency Name

    Cities of London and Westminster

    Parliamentary Constituency Code


    Ward Name


    Ward Code


    Local Authority Name

    City of London

    Local Authority Code


    County Name

    Greater London Authority

    County Code


    Region Name


    Region Code




    Sport England


    CSP Name

    London Sport

    CSP Code






    Output Area Code


    Lower Super Output Area Code


    Middle Super Output Area Code




    Geographic Reference








    Why is Facilities per 1000 no longer available as a Strategic Planning Tool?

    It was found that this tool was used as a simplistic way of developing a local standard which often masked the need to carry out more detailed local assessment work to develop a robust standard.  An over emphasis was therefore given to the use of this tool in isolation in creating local standards.  

    A reliance on this tool focusses too much on the supply side which often did not reflect the different types of facilities and their accessibility.  The National Planning Policy Framework has moved away from generic local standards for sport and recreation.  The NPPF requires a robust and up to date assessment of need for sport and recretional provision setting out actual infrastructure requirements.  

    Why is Supply and Demand Balance no longer available as a Strategic Planning Tool?

    The use of this tool only provided a ‘global’ view of provision within a local authority area for three facility types, which often masked other important elements such as the location, nature and quality of facilities in relation to demand.  

    The need to carry out more detailed local assessment work to develop a robust standard would also need to determine how accessible facilities are to the resident population (by car and on foot) and take into account facilities in adjoining boroughs.   

    The information provided by the tool is useful as a high level view when building a picture of the level of provision within the context of the Facility Planning Model National and Local Run Reports (accessible through Sport England Planning Officers) rather than in isolation.