Narrow the focus
This is a key starting point for the community engagement process, with consortia identifying clearly defined priority groups and places. The more clearly defined the priority groups and places, the better the results of community engagement will be.
Getting together as a consortium
We recommend getting together as a consortium to review insights and develop conversations about local communities to establish how PlayZones will benefit priority groups and places. These conversations will help identify other local stakeholders to include in the consortium.
Narrowing the project focus
You can start with existing strategies and established local priorities, supported by our mapping tool to help you get started. Please note that the Mapping Tool offers useful general information, but does not cover local insights, information on community groups, existing investments and other community sport and physical activity spaces. Please feel free to use it to guide conversations but don’t rely on it solely.
Find our mapping tool on our PitchFinder database below.
Identifying sports and selecting sites
As a starting point, priority groups should identify their priority sports and activities, such as those identified below. Once these sports and activities have been determined, you should work collaboratively with your priority groups to identify suitable locations for a new or refurbished facility.
Once you’ve narrowed the focus and agreed priority groups and places, you’re ready to start the next stage of community engagement. Think about who is best placed to lead this phase and plan how you will engage with your priority groups. Reach out to Foundation officers for support and to sign off your community engagement plan before moving on.
Please see our Community Engagement Toolkit for more information.