So let's not get too excited about the government pumping money into developing school playing fields, especially since they abandoned the 'Building Schools for the Future' programme. Cash is so much more effective than mere words which is all that we are getting at the moment.
We happen to be of the view that playing fields are about more than just competitive sport. Young people in particular need space to 'hang out' and to develop their own games, connections and inter-personal skills. Human beings are naturally relaxed when in green and open surroundings and such places benefit the environment and the people in them in a 'win-win' situation. (I know of a renowned botanist that became interested in plants by looking at the grass species and the weeds in the less frequently used parts of the cricket outfield where he was fielding.) In addition to sport provision, these are creative spaces we are talking about here. So while we at Agrostis try to provide the highest standard of sports facility, we're also fully mindful of the wider purposes of the spaces we create.