National Census of sports facilities
The National Sports Council of Spain presents the 2005 National Census of Sports Facilities (CNID-05), which is the culmination of a study into sports facility infrastructures in Spain, consisting of sports sites and additional sites.
This Census, the data for which was collected up until December 30, 2005, represents a significant step forward in terms of quality from the study performed in 1997 due to the incorporation of new analysis elements such as the separation of additional and sports sites and the sub-division of non-conventional sites into unique and areas of physio-sports activity.
The data contained in the CNID-2005 is fundamentally aimed at facilitating the enactment of Master Plans regarding Sports Infrastructure in the various Autonomous Communities of Spain. According to the data obtained and based on the demand for activities from real and potential athletes, each Autonomous Community is able to draft a plan for sports facilities that suits specific requirements.
The comparison and updating of information and new field work that would enable a more in-depth study of the evolution experienced by our society as well as of the amount and quality of the sports facilities available, in coordination with the Autonomous Communities and Cities was required due to the time that had past since the previous study, nearly eight years.
Analysis of the data invites much reflection because our society, its human and sport circumstances, demands this of us.
The work undertaken by this latest National Census of Sports Facilities incorporates the results from new data validation methods and a comprehensively computerised study that has enabled us to obtain information regarding the real and plural reality of the facilities in our towns, both small and large, and an overall up-to-date snapshot of the sports facilities within the various Autonomous Communities.
This is a highly-important decision-making factor for the National Sports Council of Spain since it enables maximum objectivity regarding the necessary improvement plans regarding available facilities and the construction of new ones by applying criteria of rationality and suitability. Simply-speaking, it enables investment to be made where it is needed in order to comply with the fundamental goal of the Public Authorities as a whole: appropriate administration of tax-payer’s money.
Finally, it means that the 2005 National Census of Sports Facilities, which we released on June 5 last, is a document that looks to the future and whose validity will be decisive for future policies regarding the construction of sports facilities in the new century.
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