Hardwick Village Plan

A Village plan sets out how the community wants to develop in the future, what it needs and the steps needed to make things happen.

Recreation & Sports

May 17th, 2016

Wikipedia tells us that ‘Recreation is an activity of leisure, leisure being discretionary time. The “need to do something for recreation” is an essential element of human biology and psychology. Recreational activities are often done for enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure and are considered to be “fun”’.

If you are interested, you can read the rest of the Wikipedia article, (there is a link at the bottom of this posting) as it goes into quite a lot more detail.  Be warned, as is often the case, it is quite US-centric, so we may struggle to develop credible surfing facilities in Hardwick.

Personally, I challenge the use of the word “fun”.  For many, their recreational driver is to “enjoy” what they do.  That doesn’t always involve having “fun”. Others derive satisfaction from winning. Having “fun” can be good but it isn’t always everyone’s ultimate goal.  Sadly, there are also examples of cruelty being perpetrated in the name of “fun” or “having a laugh”.

Some may feel that how they spend their leisure time has changed over the past thirty years.  Have the facilities in Hardwick kept up with these changes?

For many, playing sport is the core of their recreational activity.  Although some may criticise the quantity and quality of the pitches, Hardwick does at least have basic facilities to support cricket and football.  There is also the multi-use games area that can support other activities such as tennis, etc..  For those that prefer their engagement with sport to be non-participatory, cheering on a local team from the touchline or watching broadcast sport on the TV in the Sports & Social Club provide recreational opportunities in a social setting.

Prefer playing ping-pong or badminton or doing something other than sport – do you feel short changed by the facilities and opportunities available in Hardwick?

Please consider the list below and let us know if we’ve included or omitted your preferred social recreational activity.

  • Pitches
  • Courts
  • Courses
  • Tracks
  • Parks
  • Community rooms & spaces
  • Internet Café
  • Theatre
  • Cinema
  • Live Music
  • Dancing
  • Baking/Cooking
  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Book Club
  • Science and/or Technology Club
  • Pubs
  • Cafes
  • Angling
  • Cycling
  • Learning
  • Gardens
  • e-sports
  • Dog walking
  • Youth activities
  • Woods/Nature/Wildlife Areas
  • Keep Fit
  • Kite-flying
  • Extreme Frisby
  • Gymnasium
  • Swimming

If you have any thoughts or suggestions to make about this topic, let us know.



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