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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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naa in partnership with WYG have been appointed by Sport England to help deliver Strategic Modelling Services to the local authority sector. The new partnership will see the wider roll-out and availability of Sport England’s Facilities Planning Model (FPM) to all local authorities across England to support planning policy development.

What is the Facilities Planning Model (FPM) and how does it work?

The FPM is a computer model (developed by Sport England and used on license from Edinburgh University), which helps to assess the strategic provision of community sports facilities. So far the work has concentrated on the major community sports facilities of; sports halls, swimming pools, synthetic turf pitches & indoor bowls centres.

In its simplest form the model seeks to assess whether the capacity of existing facilities are capable of meeting local demand for the facilities taking into account how far people are prepared to travel to a facility. In order to estimate the level of sports facility provision in an area, the model compares the number of facilities (supply), by the demand for that facility (demand) that the local population will produce. Supply is based on the catchment area of facilities and across local authority boundaries.
naa and WYG have been appointed to support Sport England to roll-out the FPM to local authorities for use with planning for community sports facilities.

How can the FPM be used by Local Authorities?

The FPM has been developed as a means of:

What sports facilities does the FPM cover?

The FPM is only applicable to Swimming Pools, Sports Halls, Indoor Bowls Centres and Artificial Grass Pitches (AGPs). The FPM is not available for other facility types or playing pitches and open space. Different tools and methodologies need to be used to assess supply and demand for these sports. Application of the fpm for Indoor bowling centres is usually only applied at a regional or national scale.

What data does the FPM use?

The data is taken from Sport England’s Active Places Database. One of the first steps in the process is to check the APP data for accuracy in relation to your authority. This can be accessed at

What do the National Run Reports cover?

The National Reports look at the current situation in 2016 taking current supply and demand data. National Run reports will therefore only assess the current supply and demand position. They cannot project future demand and provide a snapshot of the current situation.

Is it possible to use the FPM to assess future supply and demand?

The National Reports look at the current situation in 2016 taking current supply and demand data. If you want to assess future needs looking at population growth or changes in supply you will have to undertake Local Run analysis.
We can develop bespoke Local Reports and cost these in discussion with you. Local Runs can help with comparing alternative options for planned provision, taking account of changes in demand and supply. This includes testing the impact of opening, relocating and closing facilities, and the likely impact of population changes on the needs for sports facilities. . Local Run reports can assess the impacts of changes in supply and demand up to ten years ahead.

How long does it take to produce a National Report?

To produce a National Report the first step is to check the accuracy of the data for your authority. We can supply the data to be checked and it is a small job to check it for accuracy or any omissions. After that the production of a National Report can take 2-3 weeks from commission.

How do I work out if I need a National Report or a Local Report?

National run reports provide a baseline evidence base of what things look like now, without changing any of the supply or demand data. It is a position statement type report. It identifies for example, how well current supply is meeting current demand and if there is any unmet demand, if so at what scale and where is it located. Local Runs can use the findings from this initial assessment to develop a bespoke Local Run job.
For example, the impact of projected population growth or changing the supply base. So Local Run jobs are more about the future and answering what if questions. If there is no existing evidence base, or, it is out of date, it is important to first establish this baseline of what things look like now (National Reports) before moving to a Local Run job.

What are the costs of undertaking FPM work?

National Run Reports are costed at £600 per facility type, plus additional time for managing the process, meetings etc (this is costed depending on the number of facilities, meetings etc).
Developing bepoke Local Run Reports are costed on an individual basis dependent on the scope of works.

Who do we contract with to undertake FPM work?

Local authorities wishing to undertake FPM work will contract directly with Sport England. This process will be supported by naa and WYG who will undertake all the work.



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