Following three years of successful operation, The Forest Sports Zone has become one of the most utilised community football facilities in the country, welcoming more than 2,500 weekly visitors.
The award-winning £1.8m facility, based at the original home of Nottingham Forest Football Club and operated by Nottingham Forest Community Trust (NFCT), has made a massive impact on community life, and continues to help reduce reported crime and antisocial behaviour across the Arboretum ward, ensuring young people have the opportunity to channel their energy in positive ways rather than violence and offending.
Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is a constructive way to keep young people occupied and out of harm’s way. It’s logical. If we can provide suitable and interesting activities for them, they are less likely to go off and get into trouble, either as a victim or a perpetrator. I’m very proud to support this facility, and I wish that we had the resources to do even more.”
With world class facilities, including a full size 3G and sand-based pitches, a multi-use fames area and community pavilion, the FSZ provides more than 10 hours of free community access every week while also hosting local primary and secondary school sports activities every week and those of higher education providers.
Diversionary activity to help young people at risk of crime is delivered for more than six hours per week while the Zone is now home to 152 teams and 13 FA Accredited courses.
Through collaboration with a host of partners and funders, The FSZ continues to provide a hub for local people to be active and improve their physical and mental wellbeing in safe surroundings.
Graham Moran, chief executive of the Nottingham Forest Community Trust, said: “The Forest Sports Zone provides a high quality safe environment for around 2,500 local people of every week. All ages and communities have access to the facility on the iconic Forest Recreation Ground created through a collaboration of public, private and third sector organisations partners including the Police & Crime Commissioners Office.
“The Forest Sports Zone facility has delivered positive impact since its creation including reduced crime and anti-social behaviour.”
Since being developed, the FSZ has won the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award for Royal Marine recruit Jason Spring, FSZ facility manager, and was a finalist in the 2018 East Midlands Chamber Community Impact Awards.
The FSZ is one of 82 high quality facilities across the world that has innovative live accurate player participation and maintenance tracking technology that provides a constant high-level of surface performance throughout its life, issuing maintenance alerts when required.
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Posted on Thursday 14th March 2019