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Active Ashford

All sports facilities are closed until 2 December 2020. No bookings are being taken at this time.

Christmas 2020 Closure

All facilities will be closed from 18 December 2020 to 2 January 2021 over the Christmas period.

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.

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Activity hubs (managed by the council)


Courtside has a range of facilities to hire, including:

  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Room hire

The pavilion also has kitchen facilities and changing rooms with showers.

If you would like to hire the facilities please first read the Courtside terms and conditions of hire [pdf] 130KB and then use our online request form.


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.

Changing rooms with showers are available.

If you would like to hire a pitch please first  read the Pitchside terms and conditions of hire [pdf] 206KB and then use our online request form.

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

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.

Support for sports people


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