Design of a criteria methodology for the distribution of municipal sports facilities

Design of a criteria methodology for the distribution of municipal sports facilities

Work to provide resources to the local administration to have specific and adapted criteria that allow a fair and equitable distribution of municipal sports facilities.

In the last two decades, the associative sports sector has undergone continuous growth, which has led to an increase in demand for the use of sports facilities, in many cases exceeding the existing capacity of the available sports facilities. At the same time, the municipal offer of activities for citizens is becoming increasingly important to make sport accessible to everyone.


Thus, the reality for local administrations is that they are faced with higher demand than the existing spaces and a growing trend on the part of sports entities that is contrary to the economic resources available. Even so, this situation is complemented by a greater interest of citizens in practising physical activity and sport and the existence of more vulnerable groups who want to take part in sport. In short, there is a general increase in the demand for sporting activity.


To all this, it should be added that sports entities enjoy the use of the different municipal sports facilities exempt from the application of taxes and public prices, with the local authority being the body responsible for promoting the safe and adequate practice under the corresponding regulations, and at the same time applying the requirements requested by the associative sector.

In this sense, in recent years, some local councils in Catalonia have seen the need for an objectifiable system for the distribution of sports spaces that specifies the criteria for the allocation of training hours. According to the experience of itik consulting in these projects, this methodology has to be adjusted to four key aspects:

  • To the reality of the sports facilities in the municipality
  • To the needs of the sports entities
  • To the principles of free concurrence
  • Aligned to the municipal sports policies


This last aspect is fundamental to direct, specify and develop the criteria towards the strategic axes of the city. Therefore, the union between the local administration and the sports entities must be effective and aligned so that both work under the same objectives.


Thus, getting to know the reality of the environment, analysing in detail the saturation of sports spaces, as well as understanding the needs of the entities are the first steps to be able to design the appropriate methodology. All this first part, together with collaborative work with the local authority to prioritise the political guidelines, results in the creation of a standardised tool that provides the local administration with resources to distribute sports spaces equitably according to objective and measurable criteria.