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INT5 - Celebrating Plymouth's sporting excellence

INT5 - Celebrating Plymouth's sporting excellence


The city will has a reputation for sporting success and its provision of first class sports facilities. The Plan seeks to promote and celebrate Plymouth as a nationally and internationally recognised venue for sporting events.

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The city will promote and celebrate Plymouth's reputation for sporting success and its provision of first class sports facilities by:

  1. Establishing Plymouth as a nationally and internationally recognised venue for sporting events, particularly in aquatic/water sports and mass participation outdoor sports.
  2. Developing an international major events calendar to raise the profile of Plymouth as a leading international sports destination.
  3. Seeking opportunities to celebrate the successes of the city's sport’s clubs and athletes, and assisting them to expand and improve their facilities and performance.
  4. Recognising and supporting the work and achievements of locally led sports clubs and the positive impact they have on communities.
  5. Working with partners to provide swimming programmes for schools so that as many primary aged children learn to swim as possible.
  6. Working with Plymouth Marjon University and Plymouth University to raise the profile of their sports specialisms, particularly the work with elite athletes.


Plymouth has some of the best sailing waters in the country, and has hosted a number of prestigious competitive sailing events, including the America’s Cup World Series, the Rolex Fastnet and most recently the Transat in 2016. Plymouth Life Centre also has aquatic facilities that are the largest of their kind in southern England. These facilities were used by a number of international swimming and diving teams in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics, and in 2019 the British National Diving Cup was held to showcase the best of British diving talent with the focus being around the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In 2018 Plymouth Life Centre was also selected to host the British Masters Swimming Championships.

The city has an enviable range of sporting attractions and nationally significant sports training facilities. Plymouth Marjon University has a reputation for sporting excellence and training elite athletes with one of the most comprehensive programmes of sport participation, performance, education and research in the UK. It is renowned for its world-class facilities and expertise which it is committed to sharing with international partners. Additionally, in Plymouth Argyle (football), Plymouth Albion (rugby union) and Plymouth Raiders (basketball) it has three teams that play within their respective national leagues.

Plymouth has a growing reputation for mass participation running and outdoor events including the 10K, half marathon and multiple grass roots cycling and triathlon events at club level which are opportunities to engage with local communities, improve health and wellbeing and put Plymouth on the map nationally and internationally.

There is also a well-established network of local community led sports teams that promote participation and work with communities to improve levels of physical activity which continue to deliver world class athletes.

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