Hire Purchase Agreement for Sports Facility Funding

Through our exclusive partnership with Buckingham Leasing we offer (subject to approval) the option of financing your sports facility through a Hire Purchase Agreement.

Hire Purchase Agreements allow you to fund and build new sports facilities by spreading the cost of your investment over time, with low up-front costs, fixed repayments and competitive rates.

Read more about Hire Purchase Agreements below or get in touch for an informal chat about your project.

How does a Hire Purchase Agreement work? 

A Hire Purchase Agreement is a form of financing that is particularly beneficial to VAT registered organisations, who can claim back VAT at the outset.

With an Hire Purchase Agreement, you can refurbish or build a new sports facility in return for an agreed deposit and fixed regular payments over a period of 1-7 years. With deferred payment options and the ability to claim back VAT before paying it*, your new pitch can be constructed – and generating revenue through hire – before you even begin your repayments.

*If using an accrual accounting system

Working exclusively with S&C Slatter, Buckingham Finance offer highly competitive rates to fund the construction and refurbishment of sports pitches, playing courts and athletics tracks through Hire Purchase Agreements.


What are the benefits of a Hire Purchase Agreement?

  • Reduced upfront costs make construction more affordable
  • Full ownership on final payment
  • Fixed payments over 1-7 years improve financial management and forecasting
  • Deferred payment options allow pitch construction to be completed before repayments begin, allowing revenue generated from your new pitch to contribute to repayments
  • If paying annually, payment can be deferred for up to 12 months
  • Claim tax relief via annual capital allowances
  • Claim VAT back at the outset or defer VAT up to 3 months (if VAT registered)

Utilising Hire Purchase, with a deposit of £193,000 (VAT) eligible organisations can finance a brand new 3G all-weather sports pitch – including fencing and floodlighting – from as little as £14,800 per month (subject to site survey, conditions, and specifications). See our detailed example below.

University of Cambridge Hockey Pitches

Why fund your sports facility with a Hire Purchase Agreement?

Alongside Operating Leases and Finance Leases, perhaps the most obvious benefit of a Hire Purchase Agreement is the ability to spread the cost of your new sports facility over time.

With competitive rate fixed repayments and low-deposit options, this means you’ll only ever layout a fraction of the full asset value in one hit. This maximises cash flow and frees up capital, enabling you to invest in other areas of your organisation.

Hire purchase agreements also come with significant tax benefits. For VAT-registered organisations you can claim the VAT back straight away. In addition, for businesses adopting an accrual accounting policy you can defer the VAT by up to 3 months allowing you to claim the VAT back before having to pay it!

Many clients generate additional revenue for their organisation through the hire of their facilities. This means you can offset repayment costs through hire revenue, allowing your new or refurbished pitch, track or playing court to help pay for itself!

With the option of paying nothing for 12 months (if paying annually), this means you could have a years’ worth of revenue from your new facility before your repayment term even begins.

Financing a 3G Pitch 

Below you’ll find a real-world quote provided to a football club who wished to finance the construction of their new 3G artificial turf pitch, as well as floodlighting and fencing.

The example uses Sport England’s latest facility cost figures and includes a 3-month deferred payment option with a deposit of VAT. The full balance is paid back in fixed monthly payments at a 3.5% flat rate over the remaining 7 years.

3G Football Pitch Cost Breakdown
Cost Price (Net) £965,000.00
VAT (20%) £193,000.00
Total £1,158,000.00
Hire Purchase Agreement Example
Cash Deposit (VAT) £193,000.00
Balance Financed £965,000.00
81x Monthly Payments £14,797.66

*Figures quoted are correct at time of writing (May 22) and serve for illustrative purposes only. Contact us for a tailored quote.

In this example, with a significantly reduced up front cost, the club is able to build their new 3G Pitch before repayments begin.

After 3 months, repayments begin and the club will pay just under £15,000 a month for their new pitch over the duration of the agreement, with full ownership at the end of the term – and the ability to reclaim the VAT back from the outset (if VAT registered).


What sports facilities can you fund?

We can fund, construct and maintain a variety of sports facilities through our exclusive partnership with Buckingham Leasing.

Maintenance packages, as well as ancillary features such as floodlighting and fencing can also be included in the cost for a number of sports facilities, allowing you to spread the full project cost over the term of your agreement.

Who is eligible for a Hire Purchase Agreement?

Hire Purchase agreements are recommended for the below organisations, if VAT registered:

*Elite sports clubs are defined as Premier League/Championship level (football) and equivalent levels across other sports. Due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, finance is not currently available to lower-league and amateur sports clubs as would usually be the case.

If your organisation is non-VAT registered, then a Finance Lease will be a more beneficial finance option, allowing you to spread the cost of VAT over the financing term.

Credit is available for business users only. Subject to status and acceptance, terms and conditions apply. Administration fees apply. Finance agreements are arranged by Buckingham Leasing Limited, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority FRN: 671552, Company Registration No: 4637226. Buckingham Leasing are acting as a credit broker and not a lender. Registered address: Waterfield House, Wellmore, Foscott Road, Maids Moreton, England, MK18 1QQ.



Sports Facility Finance & Construction

Working exclusively with our partners Buckingham Leasing, we offer a variety of financing solutions to enable clients to fund, build and maintain sports pitches, playing courts and athletics tracks.

Contact our team to talk to us about your plans and receive advice and guidance on what funding options may be best suited to you.

For more information call 01635 34521 or email enquiries@slattersportsconstruction.com