PlayZones – Funding for new or refurbished small sided pitches in Scarborough

North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire Council are currently working with the Football Foundation on an exciting initiative called PlayZones.

PlayZones are small sided, outdoor, multi-sport and recreational facilities. PlayZones will create safe spaces for communities to be more active, but importantly will provide opportunities for people who are inactive and face barriers to engaging with traditional sport and physical activity programmes.

To view a short video of what a Playzone is like, please click here

In order to share information about the Football Foundation PlayZone opportunity, we would like to invite sports clubs and schools from across Scarborough (legacy district) to attend a briefing session. Please note one is for schools and one is for clubs:

  • Schools – Monday 3rd June 2024 – 3.45pm via Microsoft Teams
  • Sports Clubs – Monday 3rd June 2024 – 6pm via Microsoft Team

Please only attend these sessions if you:

  • Have available land or existing outdoor space to accommodate a PlayZone within your site and have security of tenure on that land or outdoor space.
  • Are committed to ensuring year-round community access and usage at the PlayZone, as these facilities cannot be for the exclusive use of your club.
  • Have the potential to provide 25% of the match funding required (estimated to be c£50-60k) alongside the 75% funding available from the Football Foundation.
  • Can fully commit to being part of the PlayZone development approach by the end of the end of July 2024.

Please email Neil Russell ( with your club or school details to secure your place. The Microsoft Teams link will be provided after registration.

If you would like to find out more, but are unable to attend a Briefing Session, please contact Neil directly on the above email address.

Note – These Briefing Sessions are designed as an information sharing exercise only.  No decisions have yet been made locally about where Football Foundation PlayZones could be located across the Scarborough district or who potential operators of PlayZone sites could be.

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