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Luton Local Football Facility Plan

July 2019

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Executive Summary

In summary, the Local Football Facility Plan (LFFP) for Luton identifies opportunities to accurately target investment in football facilities across the local area.

The national funding partners have significantly increased investment to accelerate efforts to deliver more and better football facilities for the grassroots game and this plan proposes a programme of 20 priority projects for potential investment that will transform local football facilities, including 3G FTPs, improved grass pitches, changing rooms/ pavilions/clubhouses and small sided facilities.

This LFFP will be the go-to document for football facility investment in Luton. It does not however, guarantee the success of future funding applications; each priority project identified will still have to follow an application process to show how it will deliver key participation outcomes, be a good quality, sustainable facility and demonstrate suitable match-funding.

This plan has identified the following projects:

1 Full size 3G FTPs
33 Improved grass pitches
10 Changing rooms / pavilions/ clubhouses
9 Small sided facilities

Next Steps

When projects are in a position to proceed, pre-application support will be provided by the Football Foundation and the Bedfordshire County FA. Local stakeholders are strongly encouraged to maintain positive partnerships with these organisations.

Successful LFFP delivery will require the collective effort of all local partners. It is recommended that the important work undertaken by local partners to produce this plan continues in the form of on-going dialogue and collaborative work to deliver priority projects and review progress.

This plan will be updated periodically to ensure it remains up to date. If you have a project / opportunity that was not identified at the time of writing this plan please contact Bedfordshire County FA.

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“Within 10 years, we aim to deliver great facilities wherever they're needed”

Introduction

This is the Local Football Facility Plan (LFFP) for Luton. It was prepared by Knight, Kavanagh and Page (KKP) with support from local partners, including:

  • Luton Borough Council
  • Bedfordshire County Football Association
  • Sport England
  • Beds and Luton Active Partnership
  • Football Foundation
  • Luton Town Football Club Community Trust

What is the goal?

Every local area in the Country will have a LFFP to enable investment in football facilities to be accurately targeted.

Who is behind this?

The Football Association, the Premier League and Sport England (on behalf of Government). This partnership finances the National Football Facility Strategy (NFFS) and commissions the Football Foundation to deliver it.

What is the purpose of this plan?

The national funding partners have significantly increased investment to accelerate efforts to deliver better quality football facilities for the grassroots game. The purpose of this plan is to identify the priority projects for potential investment in Luton.

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Why invest in football facilities?

As the nation’s most popular team sport, football has the power to contribute positively to vital social outcomes and health priorities. To maximise this power, facilities have to be welcoming environments to attract first-time users and repeat visits, whether for informal, recreational or competitive football.


Research clearly and continually demonstrates that selecting the right location of high-quality football facilities can have a positive impact on participation and enjoyment. Latent demand exists but facility quantity and quality has to ‘step up’ if football is to reach out to everyone.

How are we going to do it?

£1.3billion has been spent by football and Government since 2000 to enhance existing football facilities and build new ones. However, more is needed if football and Government’s shared objectives for participation, individual well-being and community cohesion are to be achieved.


Nationally, direct investment will be increased – initially to £69 million per annum from football and Government (a 15% increase on recent years). Locally, the work has already started* - this LFFP will guide the allocation of 90% of national funds and forge stronger partnerships with local stakeholders to develop key sites. This, together with local match-funding will deliver over one billion pounds of investment into football facilities over the next 10-years.

What are the priorities for investment?

This LFFP, with guidance from local partners, has developed a list of high level projects for potential investment. Each is aligned to the investment priorities set out in the National Football Facilities Strategy, which include:

  • 1,000 new 3G football turf pitches (FTPs): in a mix of sizes and settings, dependent upon local needs. All aimed at enhancing the quality of the playing experience.
  • 20,000 improved natural-turf pitches: to help address drop-off due to a poor playing experience.
  • 1,000 new changing pavilions / clubhouses: all linked to priority sites.
  • Small-sided facilities: to grow the small-sided game for teams & leagues, recreational and informal play.

What outcomes will be achieved?

The priority projects for potential investment identified in this plan will help develop a sustainable network of quality facilities to drive participation across all parts of the game. Central to this are five key success factors: quality, inclusivity, sustainability, engagement and usage. Each identified project takes account of these factors.

How should this plan be used?

This LFFP will, in effect, be the go-to document for football facility investment in Luton.

Whilst it identifies priority projects for potential investment, it does not guarantee the success of future funding applications. Each project must still follow an application process to show how it will deliver key participation outcomes, become a quality and sustainable facility and demonstrate suitable match-funding.

When a project is in a position to proceed, the Football Foundation will determine a suitable timeframe to submit a grant application. Pre-application support will be provided by Bedfordshire County FA and the Football Foundation.

Set a 10-Year vision to transform local football facilities
Identify priority projects to be delivered
Act as an investment portfolio for projects that require funding
Be updated on a regular basis

How should this plan NOT be used?

A LFFP is an investment portfolio of priority projects for potential investment - it is not a detailed demand and supply analysis of all pitch provision in a local area. It cannot be used as a replacement for a playing pitch strategy (PPS) and it will not be accepted as an evidence base for site change of use or disposal.


A LFFP will however build on available/existing local evidence and strategic plans and may adopt relevant actions from a PPS and/or complement these with additional investment priorities.

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Luton

Local Area

Luton Borough is in the East region.

The current population of the authority (ONS 2017 Mid-Year Estimate) is 214,658. This is expected to rise to 240,973 by 2039.

Luton is ranked 2nd most deprived out of 47 LAs in the region, and 36th out of 326 LAs nationally on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (ONS).

At 54.6% Luton's white population is significantly lower than the national average (85.4%).

The proportion of Luton’s population represented by the BAME community is, thus, 45.4% -significantly above the national average (14.6%)

Demographics

  • 2017
    214,658 Current population
  • 2034
    240,973 Projected population
  • 2nd most deprived out of 47 local authorities in the region
  • 36th most deprived out of 326 local authorities in England

Ethnicity data

  • Asian (30%)
  • Black (9.8%)
  • Mixed (4.08%)
  • Other (1.47%)
  • White (54.66%)
31%
25%
26%

% of people that are inactive

  • Luton
  • Region
  • England

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Local Partners

Local Authority

The Luton Borough Council Corporate Plan (2017-2020) mission statement is to ensure Luton is a proud, vibrant, ambitious and innovative authority. To achieve this, a number of strategic priorities have been identified:

  • Building economic growth and prosperity
  • Enhancing skills and education
  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Developing quality homes and infrastructure
  • Supporting safe, strong and cohesive communities
  • Integrated, efficient and digital service delivery – striving for a ‘one Luton’ approach.

To ensure that the Authority continues to improve health and wellbeing, key objectives include; ensuring that strategic leisure facilities are accessible and of the highest quality, and that physical activity programmes (through strategic partners such as Active Luton) are inclusive and attractive to the whole community.

The Council Playing Pitch Strategy was produced in 2013 and is, thus, out of date.

County Football Association

Luton is covered by the Bedfordshire County FA. It provides governance and development support for all aspects of local football including coaches, referees, volunteers, clubs and leagues to support football for all. The County FA has a designated facilities investment lead officer who works to ensure that such facilities are located in the appropriate area of need based on the demand.

Football Foundation

The Regional Engagement Manager and Regional Technical Project Manager at the Football Foundation work collaboratively with the County FA to provide pre-application support to priority projects for potential investment.

Football Foundation Investment

8 Total grants
  • £2,665,674 Total project cost
  • £1,853,680 Total grant value
  • 7 Sites improved
  • 4 New 3G FTPs
  • 3 Changing rooms / pavilions
  • 10 Grass pitches improved

See Football Foundation website for more info (http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/impact/where-our-money-goes)

Grant data above represents Football Foundation investment during the period 2000 - 2018.

Sport England

Has a network of planning managers who have a statutory role in the planning system to protect playing fields and provide consultation responses to planning applications relating to sporting facilities . They also play a key role in strategic planning for sports facilities, providing advice and support to local authorities to assess need for facilities in their local area.

Professional Community Club Organisations (CCOs)

These offer a variety of programmes and services to support local communities (sporting and non-sporting). Luton Town Community Trust runs a variety of health, education, and inclusion programmes across the Authority. An example includes the Luton Street League, which operates across ten sports centres offering football, cricket and other sports activities with the objective of improving community cohesion through competitive sport.

Local Leisure Operator

Active Luton is the leisure operator in Luton. It currently operates seven key sites including Inspire: Luton Sports Village, Lea Manor Recreation Centre and Lewsey Sports Park There is a full sized 3G FTP at Lea Manor which is available to the community in the evening and at weekends.

Local Consultation

This has taken place with a broad and diverse set of community groups in Luton. 14 individuals (representing 12 local organisations) were spoken to. The agencies consulted include:

  • Luton Borough Council
  • Active Luton
  • Denbigh High School
  • Luton All Stars

(See Appendix B for full list of consultees)

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Local Football

Clubs

There are over 91,000 community football teams in England, spread over an expansive network of clubs and leagues. Luton has a total of 210 teams, which is lower than local areas of a similar size.

The FA is investing to support clubs both on and off the pitch which includes an aim to have a qualified FA coach with every youth team by 2020/21. In addition, it will support 1,000 clubs to create full player pathways from youth to adult teams and develop 150 community football hubs with male and female pathways, disability and recreational playing opportunities.

Over the last 10-years there has been a significant national increase in the number of large multi-team football clubs. In Luton, six clubs have more than 10 registered teams. These (based upon 2017-18 affiliation data) are:

  • Crawley Green Youth - 22 teams
  • Luton Allstars - 25 teams
  • Luton Town FC - 14 teams.
  • Sacred Heart Youth - 10 teams
  • St Josephs Youth - 14 teams
  • Stopsley United - 12 teams

Affiliated Teams

210 Teams
  • 48 Adult male teams
  • 3 Adult female teams
  • 71 Youth male teams
  • 8 Youth female teams
  • 0 Disability teams
  • 62 Mini-soccer teams

The FA Whole Game System- season 2017/18

Leagues

Nine leagues cater for clubs and teams in Luton. They offer competitive opportunities for many different players, including junior men, junior women and adults.

Below lists all nine leagues with a breakdown the number of Luton clubs competing in each league:.

  • Bedfordshire FA Girls Football League – 10 out of 78 teams– home and away fixtures with some festivals for U8-U12 age groups throughout the season at central venues on a Saturday morning.
  • Bedfordshire County Football League – 11 out of 64 teams– home and away fixtures on a Saturday afternoon
  • Bedford & District Sunday Football League– 1 out of 37 teams– home and away fixtures on a Sunday morning
  • North Home Counties Sunday Football League–all 18 teams are from Luton– home and away fixtures on a Sunday morning.
  • Leighton & District Sunday Football League– 4 out of 30 teams– home and away fixtures on a Sunday morning
  • Bedfordshire Mini Soccer Football League – 22 out of 127 teams– home and away fixtures on a Sunday morning with festivals for certain age groups throughout the season.
  • Bedfordshire Youth Saturday League – 27 out of 100 teams– home and away fixtures on a Saturday morning
  • Chiltern Junior Sevens – 69 out of 152 teams– home and away fixtures on a Saturday morning for U12 age groups with festival/grading groups taking place for U7-U11
  • Chiltern Youth Football League – 45 out of 209 teams– home and away fixtures spread across Sunday morning (U11-U13) and afternoons (U14-U18).

The County FA reports some cross boundary migration to/from neighbouring counties (Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire) with teams competing in the following leagues; Milton Keynes & Border Counties Youth League, Eastern Junior Alliance, The TrophyUK.net Royston Crow Youth Football League & Milton Keynes & District Development League. The reasons for this are largely due to the close proximity of neighbouring counties and short travelling distances.

Disability football

There are 9.4 million people in England with a long-standing limiting disability, illness or condition which equates to 18% of the population – almost one in five. Football playing opportunities should be flexible, inclusive and accessible for everyone, whatever their level of ability. This could entail inclusion in mainstream activity or teams / sessions specifically for people with a disability.

In Luton there are presently five football teams / sessions specifically for people with a disability, however, it is a priority of the County FA to grow this provision. Three are managed by Luton Town Community Trust and two are managed by Barnfield College. All teams play in the Ability Counts League. For talented players the FA runs regional centres and England national squads.

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Women and Girls

The FA has big ambitions for the female game and aims to double levels of participation by 2020. To achieve this requires a combined effort across four pathways: education, recreation, competition and talent.

Education environments have a huge impact on the first experience of football for young girls. This pathway can offer many opportunities for females of all ages to develop and grow a lifelong interest in football.

FA Wildcats girls football centres provide the first step on the recreational pathway, the programme provides girls aged 5-11 with regular opportunities to play football in a fun and engaging environment. Luton Borough Council has seven FA Wildcats girls football centres and the priority is to grow this activity.

At 11, Luton’s number of female teams is lower than local areas of a similar size. The County FA’s priority is to support existing clubs to grow and encourage more clubs to develop playing opportunities for females. The local girls’ league is the Bedfordshire FA Girls Football League League in which matches are played on a home and away basis with some festivals for U8-U12 age groups. The league is expected to grow its provision in future years.

For talented players, the most local FA Regional Talent Club (RTC) is at Milton Keynes Dons, however Bedfordshire FA’s Advanced Coaching Centre is located at Wixams 3G FTP in Bedford. Higher level talent pathway opportunities are also provided regionally and nationally by the FA, culminating in the England Women’s national squads. The most local Women’s Super League team is Arsenal FC which provides player pathway opportunities for gifted and talented female players and a spectator interest for fans.

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Small Sided Football

Many different types of small-sided football are played in England, from teams and leagues to recreational and informal. It is an established and important part of the modern game.

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Small-sided teams and leagues are organised and competitive activities; typically with players registered to clubs and affiliated to leagues and their County FAs. Examples include futsal and local small-sided leagues running at venues such as sports halls, 3G FTPs or small-sided 3G centres. Key local providers in Luton include:

  • PlayFootball Luton
  • Power Play – Chalk Hills
  • Football Mundial – Chalk Hills 6 a-side

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced, small sided team game that is widely played across the world. Typically it is played on an indoor surface with hockey-sized goals and a size 4 football with reduced ball bounce. It is the FA’s aim to ensure that futsal is available across the country.

There are currently 10 futsal teams across the county of Bedfordshire that play in the ad-hoc tournaments and one-off events delivered by Bedfordshire FA, Regional Youth Futsal Series and Bedfordshire Youth Saturday League. These are delivered at key site locations including University of Bedfordshire and Polhill Campus (which has a purpose-designed futsal court ). In addition, teams enthusiastic about futsal have set up pockets of activity with training sessions and informal matches across several venues in Bedfordshire which include John Bunyan Sports & Fitness Centre, Luton 6th Form, and Biddenham Upper School.

It is a priority for the County FA to grow futsal for male, female, youth and adult players.

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Recreational Football

Recreational football is played where facilities are typically booked and there might be someone to help organise. Examples include FA Just Play sessions, walking football and casual pitch hire for small-sided match play.

There are currently four FA Just Play centres in Luton, however it is anticipated that an additional one will be in situ place for July 2019. Walking football sessions are delivered by a range of community organisation such as Luton Town Community Trust and Active Luton. Walking football and Just Play are areas that the County FA has prioritised for further growth and development. Other local recreational football programmes include Luton Street League – Turn up and play, Friday Night Football social programmes, health related sessions delivered through football e.g., Man vs Fat / pro-club community scheme activity and recreational hire of leisure centres for casual bookings with friends which are delivered by a range of organisations including Luton Town Community Trust, Active Luton and Luton Borough Council.

Informal Football

Informal football is played in local parks and green spaces – it is free, open access and often played spontaneously (normal clothing is worn). Common examples include a kick-about at a local park or on a multi-use games area (MUGA).

Currently, informal football in Luton is played particularly in the Lea Manor, Stockwood Park, Stopsley and Dallow areas of the Authority. Lea Manor High School, Denbigh High School, Luton Sixth form, Lealands High School, Play Football.Net & Beech Hill Primary School are key well-used site locations.

Summary

The key strengths of local football in Luton include the professional club Luton Town and its publicity both on and off the pitch in recent seasons, recreational football including small sided competitions and the male and female youth team numbers growing and it is recommended that this is sustained and also encouraged to grow further. However, there are aspects of football provision that lower than other local authorities of a similar size, these include the progression of female teams into adult football and the progression of clubs through the National League System.

It is therefore recommended that the future football development priorities for Luton are:

  1. Increase the number of senior adult male and female football teams.
  2. Support the transition of male youth teams into adult football.
  3. Provide more opportunities for girls teams to form at entry level age groups
  4. Link Wildcats into existing teams with infrastructure to increase girls football.
  5. Provide a recreational football offer that is fit for purpose in the community.

The facilities required to assist this are now set out in the Assets and opportunities section.

Priority projects that progress to a funding application via the Football Foundation will produce a detailed ‘site development plan’ specifying all football development activity, usage and key partner engagement.

Assets and Opportunities

This section reviews existing football facility assets in Luton. It identifies current issues and presents opportunities for improvements, including a list of priority projects for potential investment.

Local assets and opportunities have been reviewed in line with four investment priorities:

  • 3G FTPs
  • Improved grass pitches
  • Changing room pavilions / clubhouses
  • Small sided facilities

To ensure a consistent and high quality approach, each local area has been reviewed applying a standard approach, supplemented by input from consultation with local partners and stakeholder organisations.

While each investment priority is reviewed individually, it is understood that they can be inter-reliant; account is, thus, taken of these potential connections.

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3G football turf pitches (FTPs)

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Changing room pavilions/ clubhouses

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3G Football Turf Pitches (FTPs)

3G FTPs are a high quality and indispensable part of modern football facilities; their impact cannot be underestimated. In recent years the industry has seen major innovations and improvements to artificial surfaces (and sports lighting). This has created playing surfaces that replicate a good standard natural turf pitch whilst significantly increasing levels of use (x20). All FTPs must have sports lighting to achieve this.

The high quality, consistent playing surface is the ideal environment to play the game and for young people to learn. With regular maintenance programmes, FTPs can be heavily used all year round with no decline in quality. They almost completely negate annoying fixture cancellations during winter months, helping football to be a key part of a regular physical activity habit.

High capacity levels offer a great opportunity to embrace all formats and engage all participants. A full-sized 3G caters for an average of 1,200 participants per week and is suitable for various location types. That means being fully inclusive to all sections of the community, with a particular focus on under-represented groups such as women and girls, people with a disability, BAME communities and people from lower socio-economic groups.

The way 3G FTPs are used is rapidly changing; current line-marking systems allow for match play across all formats of football (5v5, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11). This enables significant levels of match-play to be transferred from grass to 3G.

The national ‘Mini Pitch’ programme delivers small 3G FTPs at primary school sites to provide a high quality introduction to football and get children more physically active. While mini pitches are reviewed in this section, they are not included in the demand and supply analysis for 3G FTPs.

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Assets and Opportunities

Existing full-sized (11 v 11) 3G FTPs in Luton are located at:

  • Ashcroft High School
  • Chalk Hills Academy
  • Stockwood Park Academy
  • Lea Manor Recreation Centre
  • Luton Town (The Brache)

Thjere are also currently five small-sided 3G FTP centres in Luton:

  • Lealands High School (one 60x40 FTP)
  • Denbigh High School (one 60x40 FTP)
  • PlayFootball.Net (four 5v5 FTP and one 60x40 FTP)
  • Beech Hill Primary (one 5v5 FTP)
  • The Dallow Centre- not an official sized pitch, however, a small FTP reportedly used heavily for structured recreational football.

Luton does not have an up-to-date PPS and, therefore, demand for 3G FTPs has been calculated using the FA 3G demand modelling, which in Luton identifies that demand for recreational football is higher than that for affiliated clubs and teams. Taking account of the facilities listed above (excluding the one at The Brache) there is a shortfall of one full sized 3G FTP (or equivalent) relative to assessed demand.

Four of the five full sized 3G FTPs are evenly distributed across the local area and available for community use. The Brache is Luton Town's training facility and is not available for community use. They are all on the FA Register for 3G FTPs (meaning they are quality checked and can be used for football match play). However, the majority of both full and small-sided FTPs are located at educational sites which limits daytime access.

Local consultation reveals common issues with high pricing and the above mentioned access. Also, a number of clubs suggest that they cannot afford the hire price of certain 3G sites - a factor which restricts their ability to meet both training and match-play demand.

4 Current full sized community available 3G FTPs
1 Full sized 3G FTP project
0 Small sided 3G FTP projects

Priority Projects

One priority project for potential investment is identified:

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Luton Stadia 3G Pitch

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Location

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Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.9/4

Overall score

56% (6.8/12)

Notes

Luton Borough Council is keen to develop a stadia 3G pitch to support a number of clubs in the Luton area to progress through the National League System. Historically, clubs (such as Kent Athletic and Brache Sparta) have had progress restricted through the step pyramid due to ground restrictions. This was a significant factor in the demise of both clubs who no longer exist coupled with Kent Athletic’s ground being in an unused derelict state since the club folded shortly after winning their respective league in 2015-16.

Recently, there have been clubs that have resorted to playing games outside of Luton Borough in order to meet and comply with ground grading requirements whilst playing at their respective level because such a facility wasn’t available in Luton. For example, Crawley Green FC (Step 5) ground shared at Barton Rovers (Central Bedfordshire).

There is a need for such a facility to enable such clubs to sustain and progress within the Authority but also to help others currently at Step 7 who could also benefit from such a stadia pitch being available.

The stadia pitch is likely to be jointly funded through Football Foundation and section 106, with the latter being drawn down from the housing growth, including the New Century Park development. There is also potential for section 106 to be sought from the expansion of the Airport. It is anticipated that the site could be managed by either Luton Borough Council or Active Luton. .

A specific site has not been identified, however, three sites have capacity to accommodate the development. These are Lewsey Farm, Ely Way, Lothair Road/ Stopsley.

Further feasibility work required to identify a specific location.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

A project's overall score provides an indication of its potential outcomes and deliverability only (weighted twice as much towards the outcomes score). It does not impact the likelihood or level of any potential investment.
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Priority 3G project

Improved Grass Pitches

Playing fields are one of the most important resources for sport in England. All football players should have the opportunity to play on good quality grass pitches. However, FA data shows that 63% of pitches in England are poor / low quality and one in six games is cancelled. As such, poor pitch quality is consistently cited as the number one issue for players.

The priority is, therefore, to sustainably improve grass pitch quality across all main pitch owners (local authorities, education establishments and clubs). However, the level of maintenance required to obtain good quality standards is regularly affected by restricted budgets and limited knowledge/ training. Compaction and grass coverage are two key causes of poor quality pitches. Both are commonly treated via a maintenance driven solution (and do not necessarily require costly drainage schemes).

Playing fields are also a valuable resources for informal play and open-access sites are encouraged but, for many, problems such as dog fouling and vandalism mean that they need to be protected with mitigation measures such as fencing.

The key challenge is to create a sustainable approach to provide good quality football pitches for the long term. Most local authorities (78%) intend to increase pitch hire fees in the future. However, many players (63%) believe facilities are already expensive and some (16%) believe prices are prohibitive. A sustainable solution should, therefore, carefully balance pitch quality and affordability.

While the education sector (37%) and local authorities (32%) are still the principal asset owners of grass pitches, clubs / leagues own or maintain an increasing share (currently 25%). Assets and opportunities have been considered across each sector.

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Assets and Opportunities

There are currently 14 grass pitch sites in Luton with three or more full-size pitch equivalents (or with fewer than three pitches but deemed to be of strategic importance). These contain 57 grass pitches. Although the PPS is out of date, it was agreed that all sites which were listed as either standard or poor should be brought forward for investment as these are key strategic sites for football. Consequently, ten sites are listed. Local consultation confirms the poor pitch quality at the ten listed sites. Investment in this portfolio will result in quality improvements to 33 pitches:

Priority Projects

14 Key grass pitch sites
10 Sites prioritised for improvement
33 Full size pitch equivalents at these sites

Ten priority projects for potential investment are identified. As noted above, pitch quality rating was evidenced by the PPS and club consultation and ratified by local partners. Prioritisation was based on a rationale of selecting strategically significant sites that are in poor condition.

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Lewsey Park

LUTON, LU4 0PF
Location

LEWSEY PARK LEWSEY SPORTS PARK PASTURES WAY, LUTON, , LU4 0PF

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (4)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.4/4

Overall score

82% (9.9/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 4 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Club Lewsey First, Eagles 303 United, Luton Allstars, Luton Lionesses, Luton Tigers

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

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Icknield Way Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU3 2JR
Location

ICKNIELD WAY RECREATION GROUND RECREATION GROUND, 337 ICKNIELD WAY, LUTON, , LU3 2JR

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Black Swan (Luton) First, Pines (Luton) First, Real Luton First

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

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Crawley Green Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU2 9RE
Location

CRAWLEY GREEN RECREATION GROUND BUCKINGHAM DRIVE, LUTON, , LU2 9RE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Crawley Green FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

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Leagrave Park

LUTON, LU3 3AA
Location

LEAGRAVE PARK (SUNDON PARK) SUNDON PARK ROAD, LUTON, , LU3 3AA

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Luton Leagrave AFC, Luton Sporting Club,
Sundon Athletic Youth.

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

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Stockwood Park

LUTON, LU1 5NY
Location

STOCKWOOD PARK FOOTBALL PAVILION, STOCKWOOD PARK FARLEY HILL, LUTON, , LU1 5NY

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch maintenance (5)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 5 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Saints First,
Wheelwright Arms First

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

7

Blundell Road Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU3 1SH
Location

BLUNDELL ROAD RECREATION GROUND BLUNDELL ROAD, LUTON, , LU3 1SH

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

74% (8.9/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Luton United FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches. No changing facilities- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

8

Lancaster Avenue Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU2 7AD
Location

LANCASTER AVENUE RECREATION GROUND PAVILION, RECREATION GROUND LANCASTER AVENUE, LUTON, , LU2 7AD

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.9/4

Overall score

73% (8.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Luton Town Ladies

Rationale: Key site for women's football. Poor quality grass pitches. No changing facilities- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

9

Bishopscote Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU3 1PE
Location

BISHOPSCOTE RECREATIONAL GROUND BISHOPSCOTE ROAD, LUTON, , LU3 1PE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Luton All Stars

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches. No changing facilities- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

10

Stopsley Common (Lothair Road/Luton Regional)

LUTON, LU2 7UJ
Location

LOTHAIR ROAD RECREATION GROUND HITCHIN ROAD, LUTON, , LU2 7UJ

Facilities
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (6)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 6 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Inspire Athletic,
Luton Borough Dragons.

Rationale: Local Authority is in the process of transferring the site to the Luton Irish Association with the objective of converting the site into a multi sport site. Investment will be required to improve pitch quality and build a new changing pavilion.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

20

Lea Manor Recreation Centre

LUTON, LU3 3TL
Location

LEA MANOR RECREATION CENTRE NORTHWELL DRIVE, LUTON, , LU3 3TL

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.3/4

Overall score

54% (6.5/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Athletico Luton, CS Rovers First, Luton Nations Community Tigers

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

A project's overall score provides an indication of its potential outcomes and deliverability only (weighted twice as much towards the outcomes score). It does not impact the likelihood or level of any potential investment.
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Priority grass pitch projects

Changing Room Pavilions / Clubhouses

These can provide a number of different benefits. While the primary function is normally the provision of changing rooms to accommodate match-play and training (for players and officials), there can be equal value in facilities such as community and education rooms, catering facilities and spectator toilets.

Each project will take a progressive approach to pavilions and clubhouses (beyond the provision of changing rooms) and be open to new opportunities to engage the whole community. That means, creating environments that are welcoming to players, spectators, volunteers, officials and all sections of the community.

Such assets should support other investment priorities (e.g. 3G FTPs and grass pitches) and be located at sites that will have the greatest impact on local communities. To ensure this, focus is given to sites with three or more full-size pitch equivalents. However, as pitch quality is the number one priority for players this is prioritised before investment in changing room pavilions /clubhouses.

Clearly, facilities need to be well managed and maintained to keep them in a good state of repair. Consideration will be given to reviewing the best operator solution for key sites and the installation of revenue generating features such as catering facilities and community rooms. To achieve this, business plan support will be given to each priority project as it progresses to an application to the Football Foundation.

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Assets and Opportunities

Of the 14 key grass pitch sites in Luton with three or more full-size pitch equivalents (or with fewer than three pitches but of strategic importance) four have suitable changing rooms, eight require improvement/replacement and two have no facilities and require a new changing facility. Club consultation indicated that the majority of the sites just require adequate toilet facilities, as the majority of sites accommodate junior football.

4 Key sites have suitable changing rooms / pavillions / clubhouses
8 Require improvement / replacement
2 Have no facilities and require new builds

Priority Projects

Ten priority projects for potential investment are identified:

2

Lewsey Park

LUTON, LU4 0PF
Location

LEWSEY PARK LEWSEY SPORTS PARK PASTURES WAY, LUTON, , LU4 0PF

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (4)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.4/4

Overall score

82% (9.9/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 4 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Club Lewsey First, Eagles 303 United, Luton Allstars, Luton Lionesses, Luton Tigers

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

3

Icknield Way Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU3 2JR
Location

ICKNIELD WAY RECREATION GROUND RECREATION GROUND, 337 ICKNIELD WAY, LUTON, , LU3 2JR

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Black Swan (Luton) First, Pines (Luton) First, Real Luton First

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

4

Crawley Green Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU2 9RE
Location

CRAWLEY GREEN RECREATION GROUND BUCKINGHAM DRIVE, LUTON, , LU2 9RE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Crawley Green FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

5

Leagrave Park

LUTON, LU3 3AA
Location

LEAGRAVE PARK (SUNDON PARK) SUNDON PARK ROAD, LUTON, , LU3 3AA

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Luton Leagrave AFC, Luton Sporting Club,
Sundon Athletic Youth.

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

6

Stockwood Park

LUTON, LU1 5NY
Location

STOCKWOOD PARK FOOTBALL PAVILION, STOCKWOOD PARK FARLEY HILL, LUTON, , LU1 5NY

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch maintenance (5)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 5 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Saints First,
Wheelwright Arms First

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

7

Blundell Road Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU3 1SH
Location

BLUNDELL ROAD RECREATION GROUND BLUNDELL ROAD, LUTON, , LU3 1SH

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

74% (8.9/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Luton United FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches. No changing facilities- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

8

Lancaster Avenue Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU2 7AD
Location

LANCASTER AVENUE RECREATION GROUND PAVILION, RECREATION GROUND LANCASTER AVENUE, LUTON, , LU2 7AD

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.9/4

Overall score

73% (8.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Luton Town Ladies

Rationale: Key site for women's football. Poor quality grass pitches. No changing facilities- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

9

Bishopscote Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU3 1PE
Location

BISHOPSCOTE RECREATIONAL GROUND BISHOPSCOTE ROAD, LUTON, , LU3 1PE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Luton All Stars

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches. No changing facilities- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

10

Stopsley Common (Lothair Road/Luton Regional)

LUTON, LU2 7UJ
Location

LOTHAIR ROAD RECREATION GROUND HITCHIN ROAD, LUTON, , LU2 7UJ

Facilities
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (6)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 6 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Inspire Athletic,
Luton Borough Dragons.

Rationale: Local Authority is in the process of transferring the site to the Luton Irish Association with the objective of converting the site into a multi sport site. Investment will be required to improve pitch quality and build a new changing pavilion.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

20

Lea Manor Recreation Centre

LUTON, LU3 3TL
Location

LEA MANOR RECREATION CENTRE NORTHWELL DRIVE, LUTON, , LU3 3TL

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.3/4

Overall score

54% (6.5/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Athletico Luton, CS Rovers First, Luton Nations Community Tigers

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

A project's overall score provides an indication of its potential outcomes and deliverability only (weighted twice as much towards the outcomes score). It does not impact the likelihood or level of any potential investment.
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Priority changing room projects

Small Sided Facilities

Good facilities are important to all small sided football players, but it is important to understand the different formats of the small-sided game and the various facility types they relate to.

Research suggests that small-sided players in teams and leagues, and in recreational sessions, prefer a 3G surface type because it replicates a good standard natural turf pitch. These facilities have already been covered in the 3G FTP section of this LFFP.

Indoor environments currently accommodate 20% of football participation and are also popular with players in teams and leagues and recreational sessions . Indoor sports halls are most popular, along with some community halls and indoor 3G centres. Environments need to be engaging, have clear line-marking and the correct size goalposts.

Informal players require facilities that are open and free to access as this enables play opportunities that are often spontaneous. In these circumstances multi-use games areas (MUGAs) can be effective in areas of high urban population and limited green space. Such facilities can be modern, bright, creative and engaging. While this plan will identify suitable locations for such facilities, the design and specifics of the facility type can be agreed at a later stage with Football Foundation staff when projects are ready to progress to pre-application stage.

Parks and open green spaces are also important to informal play and require goalposts and zones that are free from litter and dog fouling.

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Priority projects

0 Improved indoor spaces
9 MUGAs
0 Better parks / open green spaces

Indoor

Local consultation reveals that there are no indoor facilities that require improvement to develop small sided football.

Multi use games areas

Due to the lack of green space, the densely populated nature of areas of the Authority, and the significant potential demand for recreational football (as identified through the Sport England green space mapping) nine potential opportunities for investment have been identified.

The rationale supporting these projects focuses on providing opportunity in key local communities, where existing facilities are either limited or require improvement. An additional factor is the potential support to programme and animate these venues which can be delivered by, for example, Active Luton or Luton Town Community Trust.

Parks and open green spaces

Local consultation indicates no parks or open spaces that presently require improvement to develop small sided football.

11

Lewsey Sports Park and Swimming Pool

LUTON, LU4 0PF
Location

LEWSEY PARK POOL PASTURES WAY, LUTON, , LU4 0PF

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.3/4

Overall score

54% (6.5/12)

Notes

Lewsley Sports Park is one of the sites which has been identified for a potential stadia 3G pitch. Should the site not be chosen, there is a disused redgra pitch which could be upgraded to a recreational facility instead to support the local community.

Project Focus

Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

12

Hockwell Ring Community Centre

LU4 9LB
Location

, LU4 9LB

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Community facility which delivers a variety of programmes. Site has the opportunity to accommodate a recreational facility to the rear of the site.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Youth female; Youth male

13

The Dallow Centre

LU1 1TB
Location

, LU1 1TB

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

The facility has a small popular 3G pitch which is over seven years old and does need to be upgraded. Opportunity to be upgraded to support both football and cricket.

Project Focus

IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

14

Chaul End Community Centre

LU4 8QN
Location

, LU4 8QN

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Site already has a poor quality sand dressed facility which is heavily used for recreational football. Pitch has the potential to be upgraded to support both cricket and football.

Project Focus

BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Youth female; Youth male

15

Stopsley Inspire Facility

LUTON, LU2 8DD
Location

INSPIRE: LUTON SPORTS VILLAGE LUTON SPORTS VILLAGE BUTTERFIELD GREEN ROAD, LUTON, , LU2 8DD

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

A MUGA could be linked with the Centre. Opportunities for Active Luton to manage and deliver programmes at the site.

Project Focus

BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

16

Ely Way

LU4 9QN
Location

, LU4 9QN

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

If the site is not converted to a stadia 3G pitch, as suggested in the 3G section, the site could be invested in to support a recreational facility to support the local community. A number of organisations could deliver programmes at the site, including Luton Town Community Trust, the current occupiers of the site, who has an aspiration to develop its own community hub somewhere in the Town.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

17

Blundell Park

LU3 1TQ
Location

, LU3 1TQ

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.3/4

Overall score

55% (6.6/12)

Notes

Opportunity for a MUGA in the Park. Will link in with programmes belivered by Community Needs CIC and also Luton United.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

18

Denbigh High School

LUTON, LU3 1HE
Location

DENBIGH HIGH SCHOOL ALEXANDRA AVENUE, LUTON, , LU3 1HE

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

40% (4.8/12)

Notes

Community facing school, well used by clubs and other organisations. School would like small sided provision/MUGA to complement current provision. This will be in addition to the 60*40 facility on site.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

19

Kenilworth Road

Luton, LU4 8AW
Location

LUTON TOWN FC (KENILWORTH ROAD) 1 Maple Road, Luton, , LU4 8AW

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current site of Luton Town FC, which is to be redeveloped due to the Club moving to a new site. Existing site will be redeveloped to accommodate new housing and an opportunity for a MUGA/recreational facility.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

A project's overall score provides an indication of its potential outcomes and deliverability only (weighted twice as much towards the outcomes score). It does not impact the likelihood or level of any potential investment.
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Priority recreational projects

Appendix A: Priority project list

This list sets out all priority projects for potential investment. Each is scored against two principal factors: deliverability and outcomes (quality, inclusivity, sustainability, engagement and usage).

The list will be used flexibly; project ‘rating’ does not determine the exact order in which it will progress to a funding application to the Football Foundation as many factors influence this. The process for moving a project from this list and into the ‘pre-application stage’ will be managed by the Football Foundation.

2

Lewsey Park

LUTON, LU4 0PF
Location

LEWSEY PARK LEWSEY SPORTS PARK PASTURES WAY, LUTON, , LU4 0PF

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (4)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.4/4

Overall score

82% (9.9/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 4 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Club Lewsey First, Eagles 303 United, Luton Allstars, Luton Lionesses, Luton Tigers

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

7

Blundell Road Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU3 1SH
Location

BLUNDELL ROAD RECREATION GROUND BLUNDELL ROAD, LUTON, , LU3 1SH

Facilities
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

3.0/4

Overall score

74% (8.9/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Luton United FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches. No changing facilities- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

8

Lancaster Avenue Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU2 7AD
Location

LANCASTER AVENUE RECREATION GROUND PAVILION, RECREATION GROUND LANCASTER AVENUE, LUTON, , LU2 7AD

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

High (3/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.9/4

Overall score

73% (8.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Luton Town Ladies

Rationale: Key site for women's football. Poor quality grass pitches. No changing facilities- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

1

Luton Stadia 3G Pitch

LU1 2TD
Location

, LU1 2TD

Facilities
  • New 11v11 Floodlit 3G FTP (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.9/4

Overall score

56% (6.8/12)

Notes

Luton Borough Council is keen to develop a stadia 3G pitch to support a number of clubs in the Luton area to progress through the National League System. Historically, clubs (such as Kent Athletic and Brache Sparta) have had progress restricted through the step pyramid due to ground restrictions. This was a significant factor in the demise of both clubs who no longer exist coupled with Kent Athletic’s ground being in an unused derelict state since the club folded shortly after winning their respective league in 2015-16.

Recently, there have been clubs that have resorted to playing games outside of Luton Borough in order to meet and comply with ground grading requirements whilst playing at their respective level because such a facility wasn’t available in Luton. For example, Crawley Green FC (Step 5) ground shared at Barton Rovers (Central Bedfordshire).

There is a need for such a facility to enable such clubs to sustain and progress within the Authority but also to help others currently at Step 7 who could also benefit from such a stadia pitch being available.

The stadia pitch is likely to be jointly funded through Football Foundation and section 106, with the latter being drawn down from the housing growth, including the New Century Park development. There is also potential for section 106 to be sought from the expansion of the Airport. It is anticipated that the site could be managed by either Luton Borough Council or Active Luton. .

A specific site has not been identified, however, three sites have capacity to accommodate the development. These are Lewsey Farm, Ely Way, Lothair Road/ Stopsley.

Further feasibility work required to identify a specific location.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Pro-club; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

17

Blundell Park

LU3 1TQ
Location

, LU3 1TQ

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.3/4

Overall score

55% (6.6/12)

Notes

Opportunity for a MUGA in the Park. Will link in with programmes belivered by Community Needs CIC and also Luton United.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

11

Lewsey Sports Park and Swimming Pool

LUTON, LU4 0PF
Location

LEWSEY PARK POOL PASTURES WAY, LUTON, , LU4 0PF

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.3/4

Overall score

54% (6.5/12)

Notes

Lewsley Sports Park is one of the sites which has been identified for a potential stadia 3G pitch. Should the site not be chosen, there is a disused redgra pitch which could be upgraded to a recreational facility instead to support the local community.

Project Focus

Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

20

Lea Manor Recreation Centre

LUTON, LU3 3TL
Location

LEA MANOR RECREATION CENTRE NORTHWELL DRIVE, LUTON, , LU3 3TL

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.3/4

Overall score

54% (6.5/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Athletico Luton, CS Rovers First, Luton Nations Community Tigers

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

3

Icknield Way Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU3 2JR
Location

ICKNIELD WAY RECREATION GROUND RECREATION GROUND, 337 ICKNIELD WAY, LUTON, , LU3 2JR

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

2.0/4

Overall score

50% (6.0/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Black Swan (Luton) First, Pines (Luton) First, Real Luton First

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

4

Crawley Green Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU2 9RE
Location

CRAWLEY GREEN RECREATION GROUND BUCKINGHAM DRIVE, LUTON, , LU2 9RE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Crawley Green FC

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

5

Leagrave Park

LUTON, LU3 3AA
Location

LEAGRAVE PARK (SUNDON PARK) SUNDON PARK ROAD, LUTON, , LU3 3AA

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (3)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 3 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Luton Leagrave AFC, Luton Sporting Club,
Sundon Athletic Youth.

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

6

Stockwood Park

LUTON, LU1 5NY
Location

STOCKWOOD PARK FOOTBALL PAVILION, STOCKWOOD PARK FARLEY HILL, LUTON, , LU1 5NY

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch maintenance (5)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 5 x full sized pitch equivalents. Changing provision.

Current users: Saints First,
Wheelwright Arms First

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches and changing facilities

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

9

Bishopscote Recreational Ground

LUTON, LU3 1PE
Location

BISHOPSCOTE RECREATIONAL GROUND BISHOPSCOTE ROAD, LUTON, , LU3 1PE

Facilities
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (2)
  • Refurbish Changing Pavilion (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 2 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Luton All Stars

Rationale: Poor quality grass pitches. No changing facilities- investment required.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

10

Stopsley Common (Lothair Road/Luton Regional)

LUTON, LU2 7UJ
Location

LOTHAIR ROAD RECREATION GROUND HITCHIN ROAD, LUTON, , LU2 7UJ

Facilities
  • New Changing Pavilion (1)
  • Natural grass pitch improvements (6)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current facilities: 6 x full sized pitch equivalents.

Current users: Inspire Athletic,
Luton Borough Dragons.

Rationale: Local Authority is in the process of transferring the site to the Luton Irish Association with the objective of converting the site into a multi sport site. Investment will be required to improve pitch quality and build a new changing pavilion.

Project Focus

Adult female; Adult male; Youth female; Youth male

12

Hockwell Ring Community Centre

LU4 9LB
Location

, LU4 9LB

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Community facility which delivers a variety of programmes. Site has the opportunity to accommodate a recreational facility to the rear of the site.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Youth female; Youth male

13

The Dallow Centre

LU1 1TB
Location

, LU1 1TB

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

The facility has a small popular 3G pitch which is over seven years old and does need to be upgraded. Opportunity to be upgraded to support both football and cricket.

Project Focus

IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

14

Chaul End Community Centre

LU4 8QN
Location

, LU4 8QN

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Site already has a poor quality sand dressed facility which is heavily used for recreational football. Pitch has the potential to be upgraded to support both cricket and football.

Project Focus

BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Youth female; Youth male

15

Stopsley Inspire Facility

LUTON, LU2 8DD
Location

INSPIRE: LUTON SPORTS VILLAGE LUTON SPORTS VILLAGE BUTTERFIELD GREEN ROAD, LUTON, , LU2 8DD

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

A MUGA could be linked with the Centre. Opportunities for Active Luton to manage and deliver programmes at the site.

Project Focus

BAME; Disability; IMD / lower social economic groups; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

16

Ely Way

LU4 9QN
Location

, LU4 9QN

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Local Authority

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

If the site is not converted to a stadia 3G pitch, as suggested in the 3G section, the site could be invested in to support a recreational facility to support the local community. A number of organisations could deliver programmes at the site, including Luton Town Community Trust, the current occupiers of the site, who has an aspiration to develop its own community hub somewhere in the Town.

Project Focus

Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

19

Kenilworth Road

Luton, LU4 8AW
Location

LUTON TOWN FC (KENILWORTH ROAD) 1 Maple Road, Luton, , LU4 8AW

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Other

Deliverability score

Medium (2/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

48% (5.8/12)

Notes

Current site of Luton Town FC, which is to be redeveloped due to the Club moving to a new site. Existing site will be redeveloped to accommodate new housing and an opportunity for a MUGA/recreational facility.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

18

Denbigh High School

LUTON, LU3 1HE
Location

DENBIGH HIGH SCHOOL ALEXANDRA AVENUE, LUTON, , LU3 1HE

Facilities
  • Small sided informal (MUGA) (1)
Owner

Education

Deliverability score

Low (1/4)

NFFS outcome score

1.9/4

Overall score

40% (4.8/12)

Notes

Community facing school, well used by clubs and other organisations. School would like small sided provision/MUGA to complement current provision. This will be in addition to the 60*40 facility on site.

Project Focus

BAME; IMD / lower social economic groups; Mini-soccer; Small-sided informal; Small-sided recreational; Small-sided teams and leagues; Youth female; Youth male

A project's overall score provides an indication of its potential outcomes and deliverability only (weighted twice as much towards the outcomes score). It does not impact the likelihood or level of any potential investment.

Appendix B: Consultation list

A range of local agencies and larger (usually 10 plus team) local football clubs were invited to participate in the LFFP consultation. Those that contributed are listed below:

  • Luton Council: Green Space Manager
  • Luton Council: Planning Manager
  • Luton Town Community Trust: Trust Manager
  • Active Luton: Chief Executive
  • Luton United: Club Secretary
  • Denbigh High School: Community Development Officer
  • The Dallow Centre: Facilities manager
  • Luton Nations Community FC: Club Secretary
  • St Josephs Football Club: Club Secretary
  • Luton Allstars: Chairman
  • Training 4 U Services (UK) Ltd: Training Manager
  • Crawley Green: Chairman
  • Luton Town Ladies: Secretary
  • Stopsley United: Chairman