These facilities planning models (FPM’s) were developed in 1991 by MTW with assistance from the University of Pennsylvania and the Sports Council (now Sport England).
Sportplan and VISTA were designed to predict volume demand at any given location taking into account the catchment area population and the distance, size and quality of competing public leisure facilities.
This was in response to the haphazard and imprecise way that leisure facility demand was being forecast often with disastrous and costly results. A recent example of this is the Millennium Dome where no firm basis was used for predicting visitor numbers of 12 million yet the economics of the project were very dependant on reaching the target set. The main facts about the FPM’s are as follows.
MTW has used Sportplan and VISTA to assist over 40 local authorities with their planning of leisure and recreation typically for the following types of application:
Feasibility of New Sports and Arts Facilities
Sportplan has been used to help local authorities to plan and evaluate their need for sports and leisure centres and visitor attactions and the capacity/scale of facility required.
National Lottery Applications
Sportplan has been used successfully to support local authority and other bids for National Lottery funding.
Sportplan has been used to substantiate Local Plans under the PPG 17 guidelines and has been accepted at planning enquiries as a sound methodology.
Evaluating performance of existing centres
Sportplan has been used to compare actual with theoretical demand at existing leisure centres both by local authorities assessing their performance and by private sector management companies preparing bids for the management of leisure centres.
Impact of new centre on existing facility
Sportplan and VISTA methodology can predict the impact of a new centre on the demand for existing centres in the vicinity.
The main types of leisure facility for which demand levels can be predicted are:
MTW works primarily for the public and voluntary sectors, focussing on community development projects in the regeneration, leisure and health field. MTW has helped its clients to raise over £50 million in Lottery and partnership funding over the past 10 years. We have helped local supply chains obtain £70 million of new contracts, 1500 invitations to tender and create over 800 jobs.
MTW’s knowledge, experience and consultancy skills have evolved organically out of the many assignments, strategies and feasibility studies for both public and private sector clients.
Our primary concern is to offer an integrated service which draws together a wide range of skills and expertise into a comprehensive package for our clients. This includes: