The city of Enschede, claiming to be the cradle of football in the Netherlands, has a large variety of outdoor sports clubs, especially football clubs. There are 18 sports parks in the city with one or more football clubs. Due to the constantly changing number of members and players, several parks and field are not fully occupied, while other parks require more space.
Therefore, the municipality aims to cluster the 23 recreational football clubs to a limited number of larger sports parks. Due to a higher level of cooperation or even a merger of clubs, this should eventually lead to more viable sports clubs. By doing so, the municipality is also able to optimise their investments in future-proof and multifunctional sports facilities, while reducing their operational costs. These so-called ‘sports clusters’ will hold multiple clubs who make use of shared but better facilities.
In 2020, The Stadium Consultancy has been contracted by the municipality of Enschede as the project leader for this cluster project. The first step was to update and investigate the possible cluster options based on the available sports facilities and the willingness of clubs to cooperate with other clubs and/or to move to another location.
The next step will be to determine which location(s) will be developed the coming years as a pilot for the other sports clusters. In 2021, several feasibility studies will be conducted as part of this project.