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Worksheet S5: Sport, leisure and open space


Sub-section 1: Sport & Leisure Facilities Edit

Q 1 Sports and leisure facilities

a.Where are local sports and leisure facilities located?

b.Are they in good condition?

c.How well used are these facilities?

d.How affordable are these facilities for local residents?

(Worksheets EN3 Q6,7; EC7 Q13, T3 Q17 also refer to recreation & leisure)

There are swimming pools at the Larkfield Leisure Centre and also the Tonbridge Pool. Different pools are open at a variety of times within these complexes but earliest is 06:30 and latest 22:00

Sports Hall facilities exist at Leybourne Leisure Centre and the Tonbridge Angel Centre. Most of the MAP Parish Village Halls have Badminton facilities and run Keep-Fit classes. The David Lloyd Club at Kings Hill has 10 tennis courts, 2 squash courts, badminton courts, sports hall and gymnasium.

Both Offham and West Malling have cricket pitches. Leybourne, Mereworth, Kings Hill and West Malling also have football pitches.

There are two Golf Courses – one private, three Riding Schools, The Malling Society, Malling Short Bowls Club, Ministry of Performing Arts, Children’s Dance Group, Georgina Green School of Dancing. , Tai Chi, Karate, Circuit Training, Yoga.

Council sports facilities are affordable, the Kings Hill Sports and Golf facilities are relatively expensive and aimed at the local high income population.

Q 2 Shared facilities

a.Which local school/college facilities are open for public use?

b.Which are available inside or outside school hours/term time?

No local facilities are available.

Q 3 Use of facilities

a.What proportion of the eligible population belongs to a sport or leisure club?

b.How do membership numbers of sports groups compare with the area's total population in appropriate age groups?

The capacity of local sports and leisure clubs are a small proportion of the total population.

Q 4 Where can residents pursue outdoor sporting activities (for example, walking, horse riding, hire bikes, and rock climbing) or use outdoor activity centres?

(Worksheet EN3 Q6 also refers to open space)

Both Offham and West Malling have cricket pitches. Leybourne, Mereworth, Kings Hill and West Malling also have football pitches.

There are two Golf Courses – one private, plus three Riding Schools.

There are many public footpaths and the Country Park plus Macey’s Meadow. Some local lanes are suitable for cycling although there are major road arteries cutting across the area – M20, A20 and Kings Hill access road.

Q 5 Unmet needs

a.In which locations are demands for specific sports or leisure facilities not met?

b.Why are these needs not met?

c.How many people have to travel outside the town to take part in certain sports

d.Which sports are they?

There are lots of local facilities.



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