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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.

 

Community Assets Guidance

Taking control of sports assets can help your club grow; develop new opportunities; secure their future and be more engaged with other local people and organisations, placing your club at the heart of your communities. 

An interactive guide has been developed to help you understand your community rights. The guide is based on a written report authored by Dr. Adam Brown, Substance and Tom Hall, Sporting Assets. Access the individual sections of the guide by clicking on the buttons below or, alternatively, download the full guide by clicking here. Please note, you will first need to have registered and logged-in to access the resources. 

 

 

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1. Protecting Your Local Sports Facilities

Do you know of a local sports facility that you think is a valuable asset to your community?
By listing sports facilities as Assets of Community Value you can help protect them from developers by giving the local community the right to bid for them. Find out more by clicking the button on the left.

2. Your Community Right to Bid

Do you know that you can get the opportunity to bid for your local sports asset - pitch, playing field or pool or hall - if it came up for sale or was being closed?
By initiating a Right to Bid you can then buy time to put together a bid on behalf of the local community, this could be for a local pitch, pool, playing field or place.

3. Transferring Ownership of Sports Facilities

Community Asset Transfers are a means by which local authorities can transfer the management and operation of facilities to local community groups in the Voluntary and Community sector or statutory bodies.

4. Other Rights for Sports Clubs

The Localism Act and other legislation have provided some additional Community Rights that can be used by sports clubs or applied to help develop community sports. This section provides a short introduction to them.

5. Community Finance for Community Assets

How to fund your bid, asset transfer or build.No matter whether you are bidding to buy an asset, undertaking an asset transfer, building a facility or looking to take over a local sports service, you will need finance to do it. This section outlines some of the ways which you can raise different forms of finance as well as some of the preparations you will need to make in order to get that finance.

6. How are you doing: Assessing the Impact of your Club

Whatever your club wishes to or does undertake, it is highly likely that it will need to report on the performance and impact you make. You should always be monitoring and evaluating what you are doing, to inform your own staff, board and members about how you are doing – and what you can do better.

7. Help is at hand

The final section links to further support and includes a detailed glossary of the terms used throughout the guide. This will help you access the wide variety of support and guidance currently available on the topic of Community Assets.