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Club Matters offers support and guidance to clubs in a wide range of topics.

To help find what you need, select the option below which best describes your current situation.

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Get started

If your club is new or in the process of being set-up, we recommend exploring our Start a Club section.

This section is split into the following topics:

  • Things to think about before starting your club
  • The rules and structure your new club will adopt
  • The facilities and funding you will need in place
  • Raising awareness of your club
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For further information on the support available across Club Matters, visit our Get Started with Club Matters section.

Keep it up

If your club wants to maintain what it has, or check you’re doing the best you can, we recommend exploring our main topic areas in more detail.

Sign-up to workshops which cover key topic areas such as business planning, marketing, club structures, finances and tax.

Register for free for full access to our resources

Click on these boxes to access toolkits, online modules and interactive content. Have a look around to see which areas your club could benefit from.

For further information on the support available across Club Matters, visit our Get Started with Club Matters section.

Get back on track

My club is struggling on one or more areas and is looking for specific guidance.

We need help growing or maintaining our membership levels We need to manage our finances better We are looking for guidance on applying for funding We need more volunteers to help run our club We are unsure what good governance really means or how we can improve We don’t know if our club’s legal structure is right for us We need support with our facilities or lack of facilities We want to better understand our members and what they want from the club

Top Tips

1. Think about the best way to market your club to reach potential new members

2. Make sure your club is welcoming and inclusive to appeal to new members

3. Make your club experience extraordinary, so that your current members want to stay

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Check out the following pages for specific guidance:

Marketing Inclusivity Members and Participants

Top Tips

1. Get into a routine of checking your club’s financial position and keeping records

2. Plan for the future and develop a budget, to help you keep costs on track

3. Get your income from a variety of sources, to stay sustainable

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Check out the following pages for specific guidance:

Managing Money Budgeting Generating Income

Top Tips

1. Create a clear club development plan to show funders that you have realistic goals

2. Research the best funding for your club

3. Don’t forget the other ways to raise funds for your club, including fundraising, forming partnerships and gaining sponsorship

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Check out the following pages for specific guidance:

Club Development Plan Funding Guidance Generating Income

Top Tips

1. Look beyond your current volunteer base - don’t just rely on those who already have a link to the club

2. Convey the wider benefits of volunteering, such as improving a CV or boosting self-confidence

3. Improve the experience of your current volunteers to reduce the risk of them leaving

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Check out the following pages for specific guidance:

Finding Volunteers Developing Volunteers Keeping Volunteers

Top Tips

1. Governance is all about having the right people, policies, procedures and structure in place at your club

2. Protect your club’s reputation by creating, communicating and following a robust set of policies

3. Have an effective committee with clear roles and responsibilities, skills and experiences

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Check out the following pages for specific guidance:

Governance Policies and Procedures Effective Committees

Top Tips

1. Explore all the options available and consider seeking legal advice

2. Incorporating your club creates a separate legal entity and protects your committee and members from entering into contracts in their own name

3. Adopting charitable status or becoming a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) can provide benefits such as tax relief for your club

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Check out the following pages for specific guidance:

Club structures Incorporated Charitable Status CASC

Top Tips

1. Carry out risk assessments for the facilities you use

2. Hiring or leasing facilities is often the simplest solution if you only need to access them for a few hours each week

3. If you own your facilities, make sure you are clued up on business rates and energy saving measures to keep costs down

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Check out the following pages for specific guidance:

Club Facilities Risk Assessment Managing Costs

Top Tips

1. The way people participate in sport is changing, you need to make sure your club is flexible and can adapt to modern lifestyles and demands

2. Seek feedback from your members

3. Every club can improve, keep trying to make your club’s experience even better by creating and following an action plan

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Check out the following pages for specific guidance:

Understanding Your Members Understanding Your Offer Delivering a Great Experience Being Consistently Brilliant

Raise the bar

If your club is keen to develop and you want to improve your current offer, we recommend using our Club Improvement Tool.

The tool prompts you to think about how your club is performing now and where you would like it to be in the future. Based on your responses, the tool directs you to specific resources to help you reach your goals.

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For further information on the support available across Club Matters, visit our Get Started with Club Matters section.

Clubmark

Clubmark is Sport England’s universally acknowledged, cross-sport accreditation scheme.

If your club wants to achieve Clubmark accreditation or you want to find out more, we recommend exploring our Clubmark section.

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For further information on the support available across Club Matters, visit our Get Started with Club Matters section.

Check out these new features coming to Club Matters!

You asked and we listened! Over here at Club Matters, we’ve been working on some new and improved ways to make sure you’re receiving all the most up-to date information in the easiest way and we’re delighted to share two exciting updates with you! Have a read below to find out all about our ‘Club Natters’ podcast and Facebook Live training workshops, both launching in the coming months.

Club Natters podcast

You’ll remember we announced at the beginning of the year that we will be launching a brand-new podcast. Now the time has come to reveal a bit more about Club Natters

Club Natters will feature expert advice and top tips on key topics relating to running a sports club, and with the new GDPR regulations coming into force in May, our first podcast will discuss all things Data Protection. In each podcast, we’ll also be catching up with high profile sports people in our Club Matters Meets interview, as well as speaking to Sport England experts to answer any other questions you’ve got – so make sure you get in touch with your queries.

To present Club Natters, we have enlisted respected sports journalist, Glenn Moore. Glenn has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, spending 23 years writing for The Independent, covering an enormous range of sports. In fact, the only thing that can match Glenn’s knowledge of sport is his passion for grassroots participation, so we’re delighted to have him on board.

Club Natters will be available later in the month through your usual podcast apps, or on the Club Matters website! 

Facebook Live training workshops

Starting from April, we are going to be producing online training workshops that we’ll be hosting on our Facebook page. We’ve listened to your feedback, and so each session will focus on a key topic that you’ve told us you would like to know more about. Each training session will feature contributions from a panel of experts from across the sports industry, and will provide you with all the top tips on how you can develop these processes within your own clubs.

Our first workshop will focus on Club Finances. We’ll be discussing the best way to manage money and keep costs under control, as well as how you can make use of additional support such as Gift Aid and grants.  

Most importantly, we’ll be taking your questions live throughout the session, so do make sure you’re following us on Facebook @SportEnglandClubMatters and get your questions in!

We’re continuing to work on more ways to make sure you can keep up to date with all the key information from Club Matters in the most convenient ways, so watch this space for more information!