• Schools are primarily driven to open their doors for community use to strengthen relationships with their local community.
  • In most cases, income generation is a secondary driver for both primary and secondary schools.
  • Many schools are already open for community use however they are a hugely under-utilised asset.
  • There is a strong appetite from primary school senior leadership to open their doors for community use however they have often been overlooked by the sport and physical activity sector as a potential space.
  • Senior leadership buy-in and support is a critical success factor.
  • Successful models require behaviour change at school senior leadership level.
  • Secondary schools need small to larger scale capital investment into their facilities to make them more appealing and suitable for community use
  • School facilities offer an accessible, safe and trusted space and our insight tells us that they would offer an appealing and welcoming environment for under-represented groups to be active in. We also found that there is a lot of demand for these facilities from traditional sports clubs to local community organisations and pay-and-play opportunities
  • What we learnt (MS Word, 15 Kb)

  • Top Tips for Re-opening your Facilities (PDF, 434 Kb)

    In consultation with schools, North Yorkshire Sport have produced a brief document outline some key considerations for schools thinking about re-opning their facilities for community use.