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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:

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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.

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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

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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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Marketing Inclusivity Members and Participants

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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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Managing Money Budgeting Generating Income

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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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Club Development Plan Funding Guidance Generating Income

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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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Finding Volunteers Developing Volunteers Keeping Volunteers

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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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Governance Policies and Procedures Effective Committees

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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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Club structures Incorporated Charitable Status CASC

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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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Club Facilities Risk Assessment Managing Costs

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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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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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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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Club Matters Meets: Joe Joyce

This month for ‘Club Matters Meets’, we caught up with Joe Joyce, Olympic boxing silver medallist. The Super Heavyweight signed with David Haye’s Hayemaker Ringstar promotions company in 2017, and marked his professional debut in October with a win. Ahead of his fight against Rudolf Jozic on 16th February at York Hall, London, we spoke to Joe about his introduction to the sport, the clubs and volunteers that had an impact on him growing up, and his plans for the future.

Club Matters: How old where you when you joined your first boxing club and what was it called?

Joe Joyce: I was 22 and the boxing club was Earlsfield ABC, in south London.

CM: What do you remember about the club?

JJ: It was very busy, there was a mixture of children and adults. Very noisy, sweaty. It was quite strict; the lead trainer was always barking out orders and instructions, like “Hit the bag.”

CM: How important was this grassroots introduction to sport in your development to a professional athlete?

JJ: It was very important because it got me interested in the sport. I just went there to keep fit, get some aggression out on the bags and do a bit of sparring. I ended up falling in love with it and competing in my first boxing event. I won and it gave me a really good feeling. I then kept on winning and eventually went on to the novice ABA Championships and then the main ABAs. This then gave me the chance to get on the GB Boxing team, which led to me winning more tournaments, qualifying for the Olympic team and winning a silver medal at Rio 2016.

CM: What is your fondest memory of sport when you were younger?

JJ: My fondest memory from my boxing club was when three of us from Earlsfield Boxing Club all won the ABA’s in 2012. It was a really proud moment for the club. I also liked playing rugby when I was younger, I played from when I was about 6 to 18. I really liked the team environment and going to different tournaments together. We were unbeaten for two years, which was great. I also did a lot of swimming galas at Wandsworth Swimming Club and at my school. My teachers always wanted me to compete.

CM: Is there a particular club member from anywhere along your incredible journey that made a real impact in your life? Is there anything you would like to say to them?

JJ: Yes, Hernandez Pinada. He was the first person to tell me that I had real sporting potential and he started to train me free of charge for athletics and helped me compete. When I got involved in boxing, he took me to Cuba to train with his family. After that, I won the ABA’s and got onto the GB team. He was a vital component to getting me to where I am and giving me the mentality that I can do something in sport. I would like to thank him for mentoring me.

CM: When your amazing career comes to an end, do you plan on volunteering your time and giving back to the sport that made you the man you are today?

JJ: Yes, I have already taught swimming and diving and I found it very rewarding. I am a good teacher so I would be good at teaching boxing, when I retire. I could also teach art because I have a Fine Arts degree. 

CM: Is there any message you’d like to give to the volunteers who help run thousands of sports clubs up and down the country?

JJ: Keep doing what you are doing. Without you, a vital component is missing that helps discover and nurture new talent. For the amateur boxing clubs, the grassroots clubs, without the volunteers there’s no way for GB to scout new talent.

Catch Joe in action on UKTV from 9pm on February 16th.