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Key findings about sports facilities

10 months ago

The City has completed a Sports Facility Demand Study. This process included consultation with facility managers, schools, sporting organisations and local Councils which neighbour the City. The study showed that demand for sporting facilities often exceeds supply, which is underscored by a high population of young people (18-39 years) in the City of Sydney and 74.5% of residents living in high density housing.

City Centre sport and recreation opportunities such as lunch time field and court sports are under pressure with Domain parklands and recreation centres such as KGV at over capacity to accommodate demand.

The City is experiencing changes to the way sport is played and the way sports fields are used. The casualisation of sport to “show up and play” has seen an increase in the popularityof small team, half-size field sports such as 6-a-side soccer, touch football and Oztag.

By 2031 the number of additional fields required compared to current provision could be as high as 20 fields. This provision will only be possible through the use of synthetic fields to increase current sports field capacity, partnerships with other sports field providers and allowing some areas of passive open space to be converted to active sports fields. A subregional approach is also required to sports field planning and management.

There are currently 91 full-sized outdoor sports courts in the City of Sydney catering for tennis, basketball, netball and other sports. Demand for an additional 17-18 multi-purpose courts will be required by 2031.
There are currently 21 full sized indoor sports courts in the City of Sydney catering for basketball, netball, volleyball and other sports. Demand for an additional 11 indoor multi-purpose courts will be required by 2031.