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Who are the SPFA and what do they do?

The Somerset Playing Fields Association is a registered charity whose aims are to help and support communities throughout Somerset to provide for outdoor recreation facilities so that:

  • people of all ages and abilities have opportunities to take part in play and  sport activities by having access to good quality local amenities;
  • children have access to "fit for purpose" playgrounds.

Contrary to popular belief the majority of playing fields, recreation grounds and playgrounds are not provided by the District Councils.  Outside of the major towns, some market towns and larger villages such facilities, where they exist, are more often than not run by local volunteer groups.  The land itself usually having been acquired by fund raising, or through the generosity of a local benefactor as a gift and is "held on trust for the benefit of the inhabitants".  It is in this arena that the SPFA involves itself and has done so for the past 70 years.

The SPFA provides valuable none partisan advice and support services to community groups, parishes and local clubs to assist in the management of playing fields and playgrounds.

The SPFA campaigns for the adequate provision of outdoor recreation facilities and seeks to help communities defend existing open access playing fields "coming under threat" of redevelopment of one form or another.

The SPFA provides help and information on how to go about establishing new playing fields and playgrounds and upgrading existing ones.

The SPFA facilitates the provision of support services in such matters as health and safety and other essential basics to member organisations responsible for managing playing fields and playgrounds.

SOMERSET PLAYING FIELDS’ ASSOCIATION - PRESS RELEASE

  

The results of the 2017 Field of the Year Competitions were announced to a packed audience at the annual awards evening held in Woolavington Village Hall on 19th September. The awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Anne Maw.

 In the larger playing field category, for those sites which contain formal sports pitches and facilities, the winner was CHEDDAR PARISH COUNCIL in respect of their field at Sharpham Road. They received the Healey trophy.

 Runners up were last year’s winners SOMERTON RECREATION GROUND COMMITTEE, for their Gassons Lane Field and third place was awarded to NETHER STOWEY PLAYING FIELD for their village playing field.

 Eleven Highly Commended Certificates were also awarded for fields at  East Huntspill, Ash, Churchill, Shepton Mallet, Dulverton, Mark, Seavington, Berrow, Allerford, Ashcott and Axbridge.

 

In the smaller play area category, it was a “home win” as the winners were WOOLAVINGTON PLAYING FIELD ASSOCIATION for their recently refurbished play area at Higher Road. They received the June Wood Cup.

 

Runners up were a previous winner, BERROW PARISH COUNCIL for their Play Area at Berrow Village Green and third place was awarded to DULVERTON TOWN COUNCIL for their Kings Corner play area.

 Highly Commended Certificates were awarded to play areas at Tickenham, Carhampton, Dunster, Mark and East Brent.

 

Cllr Dave Durdan, Chairman of the Association, said “I am pleased by the high standard of facilities provided by the hard work of volunteers throughout Somerset and would like to congratulate all those who received awards this year”

 


 

 

 

 

 SOMERSET PLAYING FIELDS’ ASSOCIATION - PRESS RELEASE

 

 

 

The results of the 2017 Field of the Year Competitions were announced to a packed audience at the annual awards evening held in Woolavington Village Hall on 19th September. The awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Anne Maw.

 

In the larger playing field category, for those sites which contain formal sports pitches and facilities, the winner was CHEDDAR PARISH COUNCIL in respect of their field at Sharpham Road. They received the Healey trophy.

 

Runners up were last year’s winners SOMERTON RECREATION GROUND COMMITTEE, for their Gassons Lane Field and third place was awarded to NETHER STOWEY PLAYING FIELD for their village playing field.

 

Eleven Highly Commended Certificates were also awarded for fields at  East Huntspill, Ash, Churchill, Shepton Mallet, Dulverton, Mark, Seavington, Berrow, Allerford, Ashcott and Axbridge.

 

In the smaller play area category, it was a “home win” as the winners were WOOLAVINGTON PLAYING FIELD ASSOCIATION for their recently refurbished play area at Higher Road. They received the June Wood Cup.

 

Runners up were a previous winner, BERROW PARISH COUNCIL for their Play Area at Berrow Village Green and third place was awarded to DULVERTON TOWN COUNCIL for their Kings Corner play area.

 

Highly Commended Certificates were awarded to play areas at Tickenham, Carhampton, Dunster, Mark and East Brent.

 

Cllr Dave Durdan, Chairman of the Association, said “I am pleased by the high standard of facilities provided by the hard work of volunteers throughout Somerset and would like to congratulate all those who received awards this year”

 

Note to editors - for further details please contact the Secretary of the Somerset Playing Fields’ Association, Richard Young, on 01278 789859.

 

 

 

 

 SOMERSET PLAYING FIELDS’ ASSOCIATION - PRESS RELEASE

 

 

 

The results of the 2017 Field of the Year Competitions were announced to a packed audience at the annual awards evening held in Woolavington Village Hall on 19th September. The awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Anne Maw.

 

In the larger playing field category, for those sites which contain formal sports pitches and facilities, the winner was CHEDDAR PARISH COUNCIL in respect of their field at Sharpham Road. They received the Healey trophy.

 

Runners up were last year’s winners SOMERTON RECREATION GROUND COMMITTEE, for their Gassons Lane Field and third place was awarded to NETHER STOWEY PLAYING FIELD for their village playing field.

 

Eleven Highly Commended Certificates were also awarded for fields at  East Huntspill, Ash, Churchill, Shepton Mallet, Dulverton, Mark, Seavington, Berrow, Allerford, Ashcott and Axbridge.

 

In the smaller play area category, it was a “home win” as the winners were WOOLAVINGTON PLAYING FIELD ASSOCIATION for their recently refurbished play area at Higher Road. They received the June Wood Cup.

 

Runners up were a previous winner, BERROW PARISH COUNCIL for their Play Area at Berrow Village Green and third place was awarded to DULVERTON TOWN COUNCIL for their Kings Corner play area.

 

Highly Commended Certificates were awarded to play areas at Tickenham, Carhampton, Dunster, Mark and East Brent.

 

Cllr Dave Durdan, Chairman of the Association, said “I am pleased by the high standard of facilities provided by the hard work of volunteers throughout Somerset and would like to congratulate all those who received awards this year”

 

Note to editors - for further details please contact the Secretary of the Somerset Playing Fields’ Association, Richard Young, on 01278 789859.