Active Ashford

Activities in Ashford

There are a range of clubs, organisations and instructors in the area. These can be discovered on the Kent Sport activity finder portal, which is linked to below.

Search for activities.

Find out more information about cycling and walking around the borough.

Kent Sport Everyday Active ChallengeKent Sport poster advertising the Everyday Active Challenge - walk every day this May or visit www.kentsport.org/walkeveryday

Kent Sport are launching an Everyday Active Challenge for the month of May 2021.

The challenge is to walk every day this May – it could be around your garden, a walk at lunchtime or a trip to the shops – every step counts! There is an overall challenge of 40 million steps across the month.

There is a prize draw at the end of the challenge.

Visit the Kent Sport website for more information and to sign up.

Activity hubs (managed by the council)

Courtside

Courtside has a range of facilities to hire, including:

  • Netball
  • Tennis

Book a courtside tennis court on the LTA website.

The facilities reopened on Monday 29 March 2021.

Pitchside

Pitchside is a 3G artificial turf football pitch available for matches and training:

  • Full size pitch
  • Half pitch
  • One third pitch
  • 5-a-side junior pitch
  • Birthday parties
  • Events

There is also one full-size grass pitch available for hire.

The facilities reopened on Monday 29 March 2021.

The address for Courtside and Pitchside Sports Facilities, Stanhope Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5RQ.

Please call 01233 330232 if you are interested in hiring Courtside or Pitchside.

View our video below to see the facilities at Courtside and Pitchside.

Spearpoint Recreation Ground

Spearpoint (known locally as The Ridge) is Ashford’s major football hub with four full size grass pitches and two junior pitches which is also overlaid for mini soccer. The site also boasts two newly re-laid tennis courts, which are free to use.

A brand new pavilion serves the site and has a small community room and kitchen which can be hired for small group activities, meetings and small parties.

For more information about Spearpoint please visit the Freedom Leisure website.

The facilities are reopening on Monday 29 March 2021.

Support for sports people

Bursaries

Tenterden Leisure Centre Trust support talented performers who live or are schooled in the borough.

Access to leisure facilities for talented sports people

FACS and FANS memberships are available subject to eligibility and conditions [doc] 28KB. To apply for membership, please complete our online FACS Membership Application Form

Kent Sport offers advice, support on all matters related to sport in the county of Kent.

Strategic Documents

In order to ensure there is a good supply of high quality playing pitches, playing fields and indoor sports facilities in a local authority area to meet the sporting needs of local communities, Sport England recommends all local authority areas should have up-to-date Playing Pitch and Indoor Sports Facility Strategies. By providing valuable evidence the strategies can be of significant benefit to a wide variety of stakeholders and communities.

As statutory consultees on planning applications with the potential to affect playing pitches and as a central point of contact for funding streams and guidance on best practice, it is important that together with input from local communities, these documents comply with guidance provided by Sport England.

Ashford Borough Council began work in 2015 with Max Associates to produce an up to date strategies which provide a clear, strategic framework for the maintenance and improvement of the existing playing pitches and ancillary facilities and indoor sport facilities in the borough.

Download strategic documents