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Sports pitches and courts

Council owned sports pitches and courts can be hired for a whole variety of sports at locations throughout the District.

Hiring indoor courts at council sports centres

If you wish to book a court for

  • squash
  • badminton
  • racquet ball
  • short tennis

then please visit our sports centre web pages:

Hiring council owned outdoor sports pitches and courts

Before completing a booking form please contact our Sports Bookings Services to check availability ,

Phone 01268 208133


Pitch and court booking forms (downloadable)

Completed forms should be returned to:

Sports Bookings
Parks Dept
Barleylands Depot,
Barleylands Road
Essex CM11 2UF.

Information for applicants

Hiring outdoor sport pitches and courts for competition purposes.

Outdoor sports pitches and courts can be hired for competition purposes. However, availability will depend on prior commitments for the pitch or court in question. Our advice is to make your enquiries as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Paying for the hire of pitches and courts

Once an outdoor pitch or court has been booking has been agreed, you will be sent an invoice. which can be paid by cheque or postal order. We would like to remind you that it is not advisable to send cash through the postal system.

Checking the condition of your pitch or court the day before the event

For an update on the condition of your pitch or court before the event, contact please contact the Sports Bookings Service the day before your game,

Weekend football pitch condition hotline - 01268 208218

During the Football Season we operate a "Weekend Pitch Condition Hotline", which is updated every Friday afternoon (around 2.30pm), giving the latest information on outdoor pitch and court conditions for the forthcoming weekend.

The Hotline will also provide the latest pitch and court  information for other sports during adverse weather conditions.

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