Mid Ulster District Council is committed to the continuing growth and development of the Mid Ulster district, including sports provision. The development of a new Pitches Strategy will help the Council to balance the needs of the rural Mid Ulster region, improve its current services and build sustainable services ensuring that the needs of future generations are uncompromised in relation to pitch provision.
Ultimately, the strategy's focus is to support the betterment and benefits offered to our citizens and to link with our Community Plan by encouraging active lifestyles, helping to reduce the incidence of a range of life-limiting diseases and improving health and well-being outcomes for people living in Mid Ulster.
It is also hoped that the final strategy will allow for a cross-service approach to the use of pitches and recreational space which involves Leisure and Outdoor Recreation, Health & Wellbeing, Community and Good Relations services working collaboratively to achieve shared objectives and build positive relations.
Sports Clubs in four sports - gaelic games, association football, rugby, hockey - and secondary-level schools are invited to attend an evening Focus Group. The purpose of the Focus Groups is to hear first-hand views about the provision of pitches* and how it influences participation across the four sports.
A series of focus groups were held at the start of June. If your sports club (association football, gaelic games, rugby, hockey) or school wasn't able to attend one of the face-to-face workshops, there will be a virtual focus group via Zoom on Monday 28 June at 7pm.
To attend the virtual focus group, click on the pre-registration link and follow the instructions. If you have any difficulty in registering, contact Otium on 07962 300361.
You can also give your views via our online surveys from Monday 31 May:
Secondary School Online Survey
Gaelic Games Online Survey
Association Football Online Survey
Rugby Online Survey
Hockey Online Survey
All surveys close on Monday 5 July 2021.
*Pitches includes all outdoor pitches, including all natural turf, synthetic pitches and multi-games use areas for football, Gaelic games, hockey and rugby.
Otium Leisure Consultancy have been commissioned by the Council to carry out this consultation. This project has been supported by The Executive Office funded through its District Council Good Relations Program in partnership with Mid Ulster District Council