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FOCUS: Inside the 10-year sport revamp timeline

FOCUS: Inside the 10-year sport revamp timeline

Thursday 18 March 2021

FOCUS: Inside the 10-year sport revamp timeline

Thursday 18 March 2021


Express takes an in-depth look at the £100m plan to dramatically change the sports landscape in Jersey and the 10-year timeline to achieve it.

The Government has today launched its 'Inspiring Active Places Strategy' to build three new sports hubs, an Island Stadium, and refurbish a number of old facilities across the island.

As part of the new £100m project, a timeline has been released which will see sport leave the Fort for good in 2022, and the first of the new facilities up and running by around 2024.

While the Government says no dates are set in stone, they've released a roadmap Though the Government has emphasised that its current 'Inspiring Active Places' timeline dates "are not fixed at present", and that for purposes of investment planning, a roadmap of the decade has been outlined.

In this piece, Express breaks down the plans and facilities for each new project, and looks at the potential future of sport in Jersey...

2021/2022 - The alternative facilities

Stage One of the plan will include the redesign of both Oakfield and Springfield Stadium to facilitate the rehousing of clubs currently based at Fort Regent.

Deputy Hugh Raymond confirmed yesterday at a press conference that clubs at the Fort would only be moved out once appropriate alternative facilities were ready for use.

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Pictured: Springfield will be one of two facilities given immediate investment to ensure all of the Fort's sports clubs have somewhere to go when moved out of the facility in 2022.

However, funding sources are yet to be decided.

The strategy document says that the following is planned for the centres:

Oakfield Sports Centre:

  • conversion of the four-court sports hall to a permanent gymnastics facility
  • outdoor netball courts converted to a 12-badminton court frame and fabric facility with separate changing
  • dance studio and fitness suite remains in situ
  • new floodlit 3G pitch located on the existing grass pitch 
  • parking for 95 cars

Springfield Stadium:

  • conversion of the existing fitness suite to a studio space and spin studio
  • conversion of the four-court sports hall to a fitness suite and three studios, incorporating a mezzanine floor area
  • relocation of play area closer to the ball court area
  • additional on-site parking and improved access

2024/25 - Le Rocquier Sport and Wellbeing Hub

The first of the new facilities to be built fully, the Le Rocquier site is described in the strategy "as the public sport and wellbeing hub for the east of the island".

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Pictured: The Government's timeline puts Le Rocquier's facilities as the first of the new buildings to arrive, coming in 2024/2025.

This, the document says, should address the key issue of "a lack of provision" in the East highlighted by individuals and clubs during the consultation process. 

The Le Rocquier 'hub' will include:

  • eight badminton court sports hall (with retractable seating)
  • full-size, floodlit 3G pitch
  • permanent specialist gymnastics facility
  • 100-station fitness suite (500 m²)
  • aerobics studio – 40 people
  • spin studio – 20 bikes
  • holistic studio – 20 people
  • multi-purpose studio (martial arts)
  • three squash courts
  • crèche
  • ancillary facilities, including changing rooms, storage, etc
  • a café
  • space to accommodate a ‘Closer to Home’ health and community facility

2024 - Les Quennevais Phase One

Separate to the existing leisure centre, the new development at Les Quennevais is to be split into two phases.

The first a new 3G pitch, and potentially a skatepark.

Explaining why they had split the process for the site and deliver these aspects of the site early, the Government cited "the need to deliver the netball and skatepark facility as a priority, but also the opportunity to deliver a community 3G pitch to meet the training and fixture requirements for football clubs, thus taking pressure off existing grass pitch sites."

It was originally envisaged that the site would also accommodate netball, but it was later decided that tweaks to the Oakfield site would deliver this part of the strategy sooner.

2025/26 - The Island Stadium

The strategy also suggests a new 'Island Stadium' to support professional rugby and football.

It comes after consultants KKP - who wrote the strategy document - concluded Springfield Stadium would have insufficient capacity (currently 1,000) to hold events such as the Muratti, as well as support the growth of football and ensure that the Jersey Bulls "can meet its requirements for promotion into the higher league."

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Pictured: A new location for the Island Stadium is yet to be decided on.

Like the rest of the projects, funding has not yet been figured out, though the report says it "will require public/private partnership and it is likely private funding will be required" to make it a reality.

Similarly, a location is yet to be found, although it has been confirmed that the Fort will not be in the running as a potential site.

Core features of the stadium would include:

  • a new floodlit Island stadium pitch
  • spectator capacity of over 2,500
  • kitchen facilities, office accommodation, multipurpose room, ticket and merchandising as well as concessions for non-hospitality spectators.
  • a large snooker, billiards and darts facility

However, the strategy notes that Springfield will not be altered until the Stadium is built.

2026/27 - Springfield Sport and Wellbeing Hub

If the Island Stadium is developed and built, Springfield's existing leisure centre will be refurbished and condensed into "a smaller, more compact public sport and wellbeing hub offering a combination of indoor and outdoor sports facilities, health and fitness as well as a community health premises."

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Pictured: Plans for Springfield Stadium would see its leisure facilities condensed and remaining outdoor area transformed into a community park.

The stadium pitch would also be transformed into two five-a-side pitches, with the remaining site turned into a community park "with the potential for a destination outdoor play facility."

Other facilities would include:

  • a larger health and fitness suite
  • three group fitness studios
  • a new children’s soft play facility.
  • a community health and wellbeing facility
  • two floodlit 3G 5-a-side pitches
  • improved car parking for the site.

2030 - St. Helier Sport and Wellbeing Hub

A new St. Helier multi-purpose facility, built for 2030, is described in the plans as "the main swimming and fitness facility on the island," which will accommodate most Fort Regent members.

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Pictured: St. Helier's facility would be the "main" central fitness facility on the island.

With the Jersey Development Company looking to create a new island community in the Waterfront, the strategy says that the Government and the JDC are "working jointly to identify the most appropriate location to develop a new town centre sport and wellbeing hub."

With the lease to multiple Waterfront facilities being broken in 2027, the aim will be to have a full facility up and running by 2030, complete with:

  • 8 lane 25m swimming pool, but with minimal spectator provision
  • A large teaching pool
  • 1,250m² of health and fitness facility space (circa 250 stations). 
  • Main aerobics studio to accommodate up to 50 people
  • A spin studio to accommodate up to 30 bikes
  • A holistic studio (e.g.  Pilates, yoga, tai chi, etc) to accommodate up to 20 people
  • Multi-purpose studio (martial arts)
  • Creche
  • Café / vending area
  • The potential also exists for squash courts to be included within the facility mix.

Though there is no guarantee it will be based at the Waterfront, plans also state that if it is, "there may be an opportunity to develop a residential block above part of the facility", creating potentially 90 apartments across three floors.

2032 - Les Quennevais Sport and Wellbeing Hub Phase 2

Finally, Les Quennevais will complete phase two of its redevelopment into a "sport and wellbeing hub" by 2032, rounding off the strategy.

The facility will also include a 'health outreach' facility, branch library and community hall, which the strategy says will reinforce the role of physical activity in health and wellbeing.

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Pictured: The second phase of Les Quennevais' new development will be the last step in the strategy.

The old leisure centre will then be demolished, with its remaining footprint used to extended parking for the new site.

The full facilities planned for the eventual site are:

  • eight-lane 25m swimming pool
  • teaching pool
  • splash pad
  • 100-station fitness suite (500 m²)
  • aerobics studio – 40 people
  • spin studio – 20 bikes
  • holistic studio – 20 people
  • multi-purpose studio (martial arts)
  • eight court sports hall (with retractable seating)
  • permanent gymnastics facility (recreational)
  • two squash courts
  • café
  • branch library
  • space for health facility
  • community hall/rooms 
  • nursery with outdoor play area
  • crèche

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