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Sport - Facilities

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Friday, September 23, 2011


sportscotland figures show that there are more than 14,500 'built' sports facilities in Scotland situated at aroung 6,500 sites. This includes approximately:

6,000 pitches

1,750 tennis courts; and

1,250 bowling greens.

Note - "built sports facilities" include squash courts, bowling greens, ice rinks, pitches, pools, ski slopes, athletics tracks, tennis courts and multi-use courts, golf courses and sports halls. Where there is more than one facility at a site, this counts as more than one built facility. For example, a sports centre with 2 sports halls and 1 football pitch counts as 3 built sports facilities on one site.

  • In 2004, 95% of the Scottish population live within 20 minutes, by car, of a sports hall at 421 locations.
  • In 2004, 65% of the Scottish population live within 20 minutes, by foot, of a sports hall at these locations.
  • An estimated 60% of Scottish sports facilities are local authority owned, while 20% are owned by sports clubs.