There are three main strategies covering sport and physical activity specifically in Bristol. These are:

Bristol: Sport4Life (2013-2018)

This strategy was developed in 2012/13 and brought together all the relevant partners who have an interest in sport and active recreation in Bristol. The document sets out a series of priorities for the city and gives examples of how stakeholders can contribute to these.   The strategy is due to be updated in 2018.

A Playing Pitch Strategy for Bristol (2017-2023)

This covers grass and artificial pitches in the city and the immediate ancillary facilities such as changing rooms and cricket nets. It focuses on the four main pitch sports played in Bristol: cricket, football, hockey and rugby union.

Two other documents support this strategy and are available on request from

  • Bristol PPS Background and Evidence
  • Bristol Playing Pitch Strategy Action Plan

Sport & Active Recreation Facility Strategy (2018-2023)

This strategy covers all built sport facilities in the city (except for artificial pitches) and looks at the quantity, quality, location and availability of facilities.

The document “Assessment of  Needs and Opportunities Bristol SaARFS” supports this strategy and is available on request from


For further information or if you have any queries on these documents, please contact the team at Bristol City Council at .