Mixed aged group of runnersThe borough of Ashford has a range of sporting and physical activity facilities, programmes and projects.

The council does not deliver activities directly to users, the main function is working in partnerships with others including leisure operators, governing bodies and clubs.


The council has a number of buildings which are owned and are operated by partnership organisations.

Main sports facilities

Stour Centre

Provides a wide range of recreational and leisure facilities including:

  • 25m swimming pool, circular teaching pool and leisure pool with slide and raging river
  • Contours Health club
  • Main hall
  • Café
  • Crèche

Visit Stour Centre website for more information.

Julie Rose Stadium

Julie Rose Stadium provides a wide range of recreational and leisure facilities including:

  • Track and field
  • Indoor track
  • Contours Gym
  • MUGA (multi use games area)
  • Conference and meeting

Visit Julie Rose Stadium website for more information.

Tenterden Leisure Centre

Tenterden Leisure Centre provides a wide range of recreational and leisure facilities including:

  • Swimming pool, leisure pool, wave machine and children's pool area
  • Fitness studio
  • Café
  • Crèche

Visit Tenterden Leisure Centre website for more information.


Courtside has six multi-use courts for:

  • Netball
    Birthday parties 

The pavilion also has a meeting room available for hire, kitchen facilities and changing rooms with showers.

If you would like to hire a pitch please first read the terms and conditions of hire 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

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 our terms and conditions of hire 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 five full size grass pitches and one junior pitch 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 email the council.

Support for sports people


Ashford Leisure Trust and 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. 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