Bitts Park Arena

Project Carlisle Arena is a Club 'special' project. The aim is to increase Futsal participation by 250% over the next 5 years.


With demand for indoor sports space exceeding availability and no Futsal facilities in Carlisle that meet minimum National standards, there is only one way we can continue to push Futsal forward in Carlisle.

Project mission – “To create a fit for purpose Futsal playing environment capable of hosting international Futsal events and that inspires the people of Carlisle and Cumbria to participate, spectate and volunteer in Futsal.”

Project Values: Openness, honesty, integrity, collaboration (working together), mutual dependancy (trusting one another) and innovation.


Project Bitts Park Arena is a 'not-for-profit' community sports venue bringing together like minded partners and Clubs to make use of a redundant space with the aim of turning it into a vibrant community sports hub.


Bitts Park Futsal Arena provides the community with a safe meeting place where they can learn, practice and develop knowledge and skills in relation to playing Futsal.

Futsal is widely played across the world, and is the small sided football format that is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.

Futsal began in Uruguay and Brazil where the large crowded cities and a shortage of playing pitches forced a football mad populace to play small sided football and in 1936 the first rules emerged. Futsal was the name chosen by FIFA, which is simply a combination of the Spanish words for ‘hall’ (Sala) and ‘football’ (Futbol): hence ‘Futsal’.

Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development; players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi and Fabregas, amongst many others, have played Futsal to develop their skills where the tight space and hard surface requires players to think and react faster than they would in football.

Futsal is not just a tool for Football. It is a beautiful sport in its own right with its own World and European Cups with professional leagues around the world. Carlisle Futsal Club the main service providing partner in this project compete in the National Futsal Series and hope to qualify for the UEFA Futsal Champions League.


A new space for sustainable Futsal


6 months

The success of a project is all in the planning. Like minded people working together on a shared vision can achieve anything. This phase will take an initial 6 months. We will bring the venue back into use with minimal investment. The project team will then test its success operationally to understand any barriers preventing an expansion of activity.  The target at the end of this period is to define what the venue will look like after another 5 years and then draw up a plan for getting there.


12 months

Once a masterplan is agreed between all project partners the team will then design, programme, cost, cashflow and overcome the obstacles identified in phase 1.Capital funding will likely be required to kick start the masterplan project. In this phase all sources of finance should be considered along with how this will be received, controlled and repaid. Consideration to the legal matters including any formal partnership agreements established. Preparation of the business case and completion of funding applications to conclude.


5 months

It is likely the scope of works for delivering the masterplan project will include exploring how to cover the area to make it rain proof, resurfacing of the area, installation of permanent welfare facilities and spectator seating. Once funding is secured works will be tendered to achieve best price/value. Construction will be complete with contractors providing a high standard of finish with all warranties in place so that the project partners can then move in and begin to operate and generate revenues.



It is envisaged that long term the venue will be owned by Carlisle City Council and let to the project team on a long term lease who will be responsible for its operation, investment and maintenance. The key partner Clubs will have a main user agreement in place. The vision at this stage from Carlisle Futsal Club is a covered sports arena with spectator seating from which our Club can train and compete without disruption of weather and the constraint of limited indoor sports hall space which currently exists in Carlisle.

Prime locationBITTS PARK

Several sites have been considered with one site offering the most potential in terms of location, accessibility, partner benefit and cost.

Secured on a license in order to complete step one in the project plan this location offers a number of benefits including accessibility and ease in conversion to enable us to be able to quickly deliver activity.

Following the installation of 2 pairs of Futsal goals, the marking of 2 x junior sized courts and an international size adult court the area will be available for immediate use.

Carlisle Futsal Club will launch its new ‘Volta Football’ training programme in early 2021 with a focus on 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and Futsal fundamentals. The building blocks for creating fantastic players and teams.



Carlisle Futsal Club is an English futsal club, based in North Cumbria. We feature one of the most prominent and established youth futsal academies in Great Britain.

Our mission is to create a Club that the people of Carlisle can be proud of.

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