LNFS England futsal arena strategy – Phase 1 update

Last week we outlined our five-phase strategy to develop a network of futsal arenas across England.

In Phase 1 we are using Sport England’s Active Places database to identify existing sports halls which could potentially accommodate futsal courts of different sizes. We show the national distribution of potential venues of different sizes in the maps below.

Sports halls in England that could fit a court at least 33m long x 20m wide with a 1m runoff. Total number of halls = 250.
Sports halls in England that could fit a court at least 35m long x 20m wide with a 1m runoff. Total number of halls = 230
Sports halls in England that could fit a court at least 38m long x 20m wide with a 2m runoff. Total number of halls = 78
Sports halls in England that could fit a court at least 40m long x 20m wide with a 2m runoff (one venue would only allow a 1 m runoff at the sides) . Total number of halls = 68

This initial survey of English futsal sports hall with the potential to accommodate a futsal court measuring 33-40 m long x at least 20 m wide and with a 1 – 2 m runoff shows that in theory there are plenty of facilities across the country that could be used for futsal. This includes almost 70 halls that could fit a full-size international futsal court.

However, we know that there are the following barriers to futsal’s use of many of these halls:

  • No futsal line markings;
  • No futsal goals or scoreboard;
  • Insufficient lighting;
  • Low availability because of booking by other activities;
  • Cost;
  • Lack of spectator seating; and
  • Refusal of venue management to allow futsal.

In the table below we list the sports halls into which an international size court could fit. Over the next few weeks a group of volunteers will be visiting these and other venues that are not currently used by futsal clubs so that we can develop a venue-by-venue understanding of any barriers to their use.

We would very much welcome your assistance with this project. If you are interested in helping then please use this contact form.

Table of English sports halls that could fit a 40 x 20 m futsal court
Site NamePost TownPost CodeHall area (m2)Hall length (m)Hall width (m)
ST GEORGES COLLEGEADDLESTONEKT15 2QS14585427
STOKE MANDEVILLE STADIUM & OLYMPIC LODGEAYLESBURYHP21 9PA20706034.5
BARKING ABBEY SCHOOL (LONG BRIDGE CAMPUS)BARKINGIG11 8UF24006040
BARKING ABBEY SCHOOL LEISURE CENTREBARKINGIG11 9AG22045838
UNIVERSITY OF BATH SPORTS TRAINING VILLAGEBATHBA2 7AY20706034.5
BEDFORD INTERNATIONAL ATHLETIC STADIUMBEDFORDMK41 9SB13206022
JOHN BUNYAN HEALTH AND FITNESSBEDFORDMK42 9TS16564834.5
UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM SPORT AND FITNESSBIRMINGHAMB15 2TT20706034.5
PLAYFOOTBALL (BIRMINGHAM INDOOR)BIRMINGHAMB19 2LF20706034.5
ALDENHAM SPORTS CENTREBOREHAMWOODWD6 3AJ13005026
LEAF STUDIO, OAK ACADEMYBOURNEMOUTHBH11 9JJ16206027
THE CITY ACADEMY BRISTOLBRISTOLBS5 9JH18365434
THE LORD ROBERTS CENTREBROOKWOODGU24 0NP118946.825.4
THE TRIANGLEBURGESS HILLRH15 8WA20706034.5
ST GEORGE’S PARK NATIONAL FOOTBALL CENTREBURTON-ON-TRENTDE13 9PD24006040
POLO FARM SPORTS CLUBCANTERBURYCT3 4AF16804835
QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOLCARNFORTHLA6 2HJ20164842
CHELTENHAM COLLEGECHELTENHAMGL53 7LD14404532
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX SPORTS CENTRECOLCHESTERCO4 3SQ20706034.5
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK (SPORT AND WELLNESS HUB)COVENTRYCV4 7EU17825433
SPORTS CONNEXION LEISURE CLUBCOVENTRYCV8 3FL139751.7527
K2 CRAWLEYCRAWLEYRH11 9BQ201754.537
WELLINGTON HEALTH & FITNESS CLUBCROWTHORNERG45 7PT18725236
DERBY ARENADERBYDE24 8JB210658.536
THE DOME LEISURE COMPLEXDONCASTERDN4 7PD16245629
PLACES LEISURE EASTLEIGHEASTLEIGHSO50 9NL260064.0540.6
OXSTALLS SPORTS PARKGLOUCESTERGL2 9DW17825433
ARMY FOUNDATION COLLEGEHARROGATEHG3 2SE20706034.5
HERTFORDSHIRE SPORTS VILLAGEHATFIELDAL10 9EU18855434.9
SAMUEL WARD ACADEMYHAVERHILLCB9 0LD15754535
THE DOLPHINHAYWARDS HEATHRH16 1LY11444426
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD LEISURE CENTREHEMEL HEMPSTEADHP1 1JS139751.7527
HEREFORD LEISURE CENTREHEREFORDHR4 9UD16005032
WYCOMBE LEISURE CENTREHIGH WYCOMBEHP11 1UP20706034.5
UNIVERSITY OF HULL (HULL SPORT PARK, ALLAM SPORT CENTRE)HULLHU6 7TS17825433
REDBRIDGE SPORTS & LEISUREILFORDIG6 3HD20706034.5
ARENA SPORTS (NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL CENTRE)KETTERINGNN15 6PB19445436
ALIVE LEISURE LYNNSPORTKING’S LYNNPE30 2NB19204840
LEICESTER SPORTS CENTRE LTDLEICESTERLE2 7SR14005625
PLUMPTON COLLEGELEWESBN7 3AE13504530
CRYSTAL PALACE NATIONAL SPORTS CENTRELONDONSE19 2BB13424629.18
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY (DAVID WALLACE SPORT CENTRE)LOUGHBOROUGHLE11 3TU17405830
MANCHESTER BASKETBALL CENTREMANCHESTERM16 8GW18155533
MAURICE CHANDLER SPORTS & LEISURE CENTREMARKET DRAYTONTF9 2JP37728246
REASEHEATH COLLEGENANTWICHCW5 6DF18006030
EAGLES COMMUNITY ARENANEWCASTLE UPON TYNENE4 7AF24326438
NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY (SPORT CENTRAL)NEWCASTLE UPON TYNENE1 8ST17825433
BENHAM SPORTS ARENANORTHAMPTONNN3 6LL18904542
SPORTSPARKNORWICHNR4 7SS20706034.5
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM (DAVID ROSS SPORTS VILLAGE)NOTTINGHAMNG7 2RD393889.544
PAIGNTON COMMUNITY & SPORTS ACADEMY (WATERLEAT ROAD)PAIGNTONTQ3 3WA261964.540.6
BRENTWOOD CENTREPILGRIMS HATCHCM15 9NN20706034.5
PLYMOUTH LIFE CENTREPLYMOUTHPL2 3DG20706034.5
MARJON SPORT CENTREPLYMOUTHPL6 8BH20706034.5
RAF LARKHILLSALISBURYSP4 8QT21605440
ENGLISH INSTITUTE OF SPORT (SHEFFIELD)SHEFFIELDS9 5DA20706034.5
HERSCHEL SPORTS CENTRESLOUGHSL1 3DW15754535
WHITGIFT SPORTS CENTRESOUTH CROYDONCR2 6YT12324428
TEMPLE PARK CENTRESOUTH SHIELDSNE34 8QN16204536
THE LOUISA CENTRESTANLEYDH9 0TE15305130
FENTON MANOR SPORTS COMPLEX AND SHAPESSTOKE-ON-TRENTST4 2RR178253.9133.05
NORTHWOOD STADIUMSTOKE-ON-TRENTST1 6PA163648.7933.54
BEACON OF LIGHTSUNDERLANDSR5 1SN17825433
RAF COSFORD SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL TRAININGWOLVERHAMPTONWV7 3EX25507534
WV ACTIVE ALDERSLEYWOLVERHAMPTONWV6 9NW23047232
UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER ARENAWORCESTERWR2 5JS21606036
UNIVERSITY OF YORK SPORTS CENTREYORKYO10 5NA20706034.5
YORK RI SPORTS CENTREYORKYO24 1AD139751.7527

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