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Sports development

The Council is responsible for facilitating and enabling the development of sporting opportunities across the Ryedale area working with local sports clubs, leisure facilities and other stakeholders such as North Yorkshire Sport.

In 2013 the Council produced the Sport and Active Lives Strategy 2013 - 2023. We worked not only with a host of partner organisations and many local residents but also drew upon officers from across the Council, whose work could impact on the provision of sport and active living opportunities in Ryedale.

Our vision is for everyone in Ryedale to enjoy an active, adventurous and healthy lifestyle as an integral part of everyday life, encouraging More People to become More Active More Often.


The strategy set the agenda to improve the quality of sport and active recreation opportunities for people in the area. We focussed our efforts on facilitating and enabling people to have a more active life, the aim being to improve opportunities and increase participation.

At the heart of the strategy's aspiration is the pressure facing the Council through reduced Local Authority funding. Where direct service provision remains, it will need to demonstrate optimised value for money with facilities and products that reflect customers' service and quality expectations. As such, this was not an assets-focused strategy but a strategy for developing and encouraging greater collaboration, partnership and more effective use of Ryedale's limited resources.

Within Ryedale, sport and active recreation is not focussed solely on participation at formal sports facilities. Ryedale is an area of outstanding natural beauty - its natural assets provide a wealth of informal opportunities for local people and visitors to the area to take part in a variety of pursuits including rambling, walking, running, MBT duathlon, orienteering, climbing, canoeing, cycling etc.

In particular Ryedale is recognised as a world class venue for mountain and road biking, hosting the British Mountain Bike Championship 2009 and UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Dalby Forest and Pro Sprint eliminator (around the streets of Pickering) in 2010 and 2011, the Tour of Britain stage 2009, Ryedale Grand Prix and Ryedale Rumble 2009 and 2010, the 2012 National Road Race Championships and the Tour de Yorkshire.

The Sport and Active Lives Strategy was developed to provide a clear vision and framework for the development of sports activities, facilities and services within Ryedale to 2023. The intention was for it to be realistic and deliverable regarding the practicalities of reduced Local Government funding and founded on a clear identification and understanding of the needs of the community and the role and responsibilities of RDC and stakeholders; the ultimate aim being to improve satisfaction regarding sporting infrastructure and get 'More People, More Active, More Often'.

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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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