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Facility Strategies

England Athletics

TrioPlus was selected by England Athletics to develop a Strategic Facilities Plan for the period 2012-17. The work was crucial in ensuring that the provision of appropriate facilities could underpin the key activities and programmes within the organisation's development agenda and to provide a framework for future facility development by identifying the main priorities.

The challenge was to ensure appropriate recognition was given both to formal athletics environments - tracks and clubs - and the informal - roads, cross-country, fells where natural or built-up environments provide the canvas for recreational and competitive running. The Plan also addressed some of the issues relating to the importance of maximising use of existing facilities and partnering and creating new innovative solutions to increase and sustain participation. 'Compact' and mobile facilities and the use of sports halls and parks were highlighted to enable funding priorities to be identified.

The Strategic Facilities Plan was adopted by England Athletics to assist clubs, local authorities and its partners to develop their own localised plans through 'Athletics Networks Sustainable Facility Frameworks'.

England and Wales Cricket Board

The ECB appointed TrioPlus (David Carpenter and Phillip Sandilands) to act as 'mentors' to the 39 County and National Cricket Boards who had been charged with the production and adoption of Cricket Facilities Strategies. TrioPlus was asked to place particular emphasis on fifteen Counties who had fallen significantly behind the agreed timescale. We worked individually with each County Board and their County Development Manager in framing the structure of the County Facility Strategy; undertaking the necessary research; interpreting the research; arriving at suitable evaluation criteria; gaining approval and adopting forward priorities.

ECB subsequently commissioned TrioPlus to aggregate the County proposals into Regional and National Summaries.

Bruce Cruse, ECB Funding and Facilities Manager, said: "TrioPlus expertise, experience and evaluation was able to get the work completed to time and add significantly to the skillsets of County Boards and Cricket Development Managers. The Regional and National work subsequently undertaken added significant value to ECB forward planning and policy submissions."

Rugby Football League

The RFL commissioned TrioPlus to research, develop and write a Facilities Strategy for the Community Game at Tiers Three and Four, not previously compiled, and there was an absence of facilities policy and technical guidance. In addition, the Community Game was committed to move the playing season from Winter to Summer in 2012.

After absorbing the information available, David Carpenter and Alex Newton reviewed, visited and surveyed almost 100 of the 400 community Clubs at Tiers Three and Four; looked at business plans and sustainability; the needs of the talented performer; opportunities for play at Universities, Schools and public open spaces; links to other RFL Development priorities; then setting priorities and detailing recommendations to the RFL.

The outcome has seen the Community Game make a successful transition from Winter to Summer Rugby League. Absolute priority has been given to RFL Facilities Policy, new relationships have been built with partners such as the Institute of Groundsmanship, Sport England and other major National Governing Bodies of Sport, and applied education and support has led to improved playing surfaces at the local level. The Facilities Strategy is a ten year plan for improvement of rugby league pitches and TrioPlus continue to support on a voluntary basis through the RFL Playing Surfaces Group.

David Gent, RFL Director of the Community Game, says: "TrioPlus work on the Facilities Strategy has had a huge impact on our forward priorities. It convinced the RFL Trust that serious attention had to be paid to the maintenance and development of playing surfaces and that support facilities needed to be clean, dry, and warm. TrioPlus really understand needs at the local level."

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