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Sports Pitch hire

Papa’s Park has a flood-lit all-weather sports pitch. It is used by the local community for football, basketball and netball. We also rent it out.


We rent out the sports pitch at times that have a minimal effect on the community who want to use it - ie after dark. This is because we want to strike a balance between raising money and having an open-access park. 

We use money from sports pitch hire to keep the park gates open 365 days a year, to repair the pitch when needed and replace it once it comes to the end of its life.

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Times we hire out the pitch

Winter Season - 1 October to 28 February


Monday              7pm-9pm              Hired out

Tuesday              7pm-9pm              Hired out

Wednesday       7pm-9pm              Hired out

Thursday            7pm-9pm              Hired out

Thursday            6pm-7pm               Available

Friday                  6pm-7pm               Available

Friday                  7pm-8pm               Available

Friday                  8pm-9pm               Available


Summer Season - 1 March to 30 September


Monday              7pm-9pm              Hired out

Tuesday              7pm-9pm              Hired out

Wednesday       7pm-9pm              Hired out

Thursday            7pm-9pm              Hired out

Friday                  8pm-9pm               Available


The pitch costs £40 per hour.


Some of this covers the cost of the floodlighting - the rest goes towards repairing the pitch and replacing it when eventually needed. It also contributes towards the running costs of the park.

Minimum hire period and paying in advance

The pitch is managed by a committee of volunteers who give their free time to look after the park and sports pitch. 

Because of this, we need to make pitch hire as time-efficient as possible, so we ask that you hire the pitch for a minimum of 8 weeks and pay this money upfront by BACS. Unfortunately, refunds and cancellations are not possible after this has been paid. 

How to hire the pitch


  • Email to find out about availability, letting us know what you intend to hire the pitch for. 

  • Pay in advance for your sessions - a minimum of 8 weeks.

  • We will give you the code for the padlock on the double gates that lead onto the sports pitch.

  • If needed, the floodlights will automatically come on 5 minutes before your session starts and go off 5 minutes after it finishes.

Conditions of hire

  • No football studs please! This damages the pitch.

  • Please take any litter home with you (preferably) or use the bins provided.

  • Please report any problems with the pitch or the locks.

  • Please leave on time - there may be people waiting for the pitch after you. 

Toilets and changing facilities


Unfortunately, there are no toilets or changing facilities available.

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