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Project information

Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge

To permanently protect a network of 2012 outdoor spaces across the UK - the Queen Elizabeth II Fields - to mark the Diamond Jubilee and 2012 Olympics.

Led by its Patron, Prince WIlliam, The Challenge will create a permanent grassroots legacy to benefit communities both now and in the future.

June 2010 - December 2012

Charity information: Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust logo
  • Need


    Outdoor recreational spaces are the green heart of our communitie and yet they continue to be lost to both commercial and residential development - over 6000 have been lost since 1992 alone. Green spaces are vital to building healthy communities and can help to increase particpation in physical activity and promote social cohesion.


    The Challenge will ensure that communities across the UK have guaranteed access to outdoor spaces for sport, play and recreation in perpetuity. The Queen Elizabeth II Fields will create a a network of recreational spaces that will help to promote healthy activity and a sense of community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensure future generations can play outside


    » Permanently protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces - from bike trials to parks, sport pitches to woodlands - across the UK

    What success will look like

    Success will be permanently protecting as many outdoor spaces as possible - our target is 2012!

    Aim 2

    Encourage people to particpate in the Challenge and sport and play


    » The public will get the chance to vote for outdoor spaces they would like to see preserved forever

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing an increase in people getting out and active

    Aim 3

    Unite communities in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee


    » Host Have a Field Day events on 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Fields to showcase showcase all the great activities outdoor spaces offer.

    What success will look like

    Success will be successful local events showing the important role outdoor spaces can play in communities

  • Impact


    The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge will create a permanent legacy of outdoor recreational spaces is available for future generations to enjoy.

    This legacy has the potential to be a real catalyst for change to improve the health and well being of our society.


    Our target is ambitious but every outdoor space we protect is a step in the right direction and so we hope the value of each site will be recognised on our way to 2012


    Through regular email communication and events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,379,325

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,282,661 Phase 1 Identifying and protecting 2012 QEII Fields
      £1,037,862 Phase 2 Hosting Have a Field Day and volunteer programmes on 2012 QEII Fields
      £5,058,802 Phase 3 Securing funds to provide improvement grants to QEII Fields
  • Background


    The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is a nationwide programme that will bring benefit to local communities all across the country.


    2012 communities will benefit from the project - as will future generations!

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FIT is the only national charity working to protect and improve outdoor spaces for sport, play and recreation. We have been doing this work since 1925 and so are uniquely placed to deliver this programme.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alison Moore-Gwyn

    Alison is leading a small team of 9 staff to achieve this ambitious programme


    The support of our volunteer networks across the country will be vital to the success of the programme.


will protect and support a QE II Field

'This is a fantastic project, and an important initiative in ensuring that hosting the Games in 2012 has a lasting sporting impact.'

Jonathan Edwards CBE