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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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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.

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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.

A note from our editor

This month, I joined the Club Matters team as Editor working to select and curate the latest developments for the newsletter, covering topics that are important to me.

Women’s sport is something I’m very passionate about and I’m delighted we’re now seeing more female-focused sport on the world’s biggest stages. As well as elite sport, it’s also vital we encourage people of all ages and abilities to fit exercise into their life. Recently, This Girl Can launched their new ‘Fit Got Real’ campaign aiming to tackle inequalities in the levels of exercise between different groups of women. Make sure you read on and watch their launch video! The initiative strikes a chord with me as it closely aligns with StreetGames’ US Girls programme, which we kicked off in 2011 to tackle the double jeopardy of gender inequality and poverty. Our aim has been to get females, aged 16-25, more active by providing them with sport and fitness opportunities in their local community in a way that suits them. The project initially focused on 50 disadvantaged areas across England and quickly saw over 34,000 young women taking part!

On the topic of women in sport, I was part of the panel in the recent Club Natters podcast focussing on female participation, so stay tuned for that. There was some very interesting discussion around the topic so do have a listen – the podcast is set to launch in the next few weeks!

With Christmas just around the corner, now is a great time to make sure your club is prepared and makes the most of the festive period. The team and I have collated a few top tips on how your clubs can do this best, whether that’s celebrating on or off the pitch. With a bit of planning, there’s undoubtedly something everyone can get involved in throughout December. However, don’t forget during this festive season that for some, Christmas is tough. For the first time, we’re running our Fit and Fed projects over the Christmas break this year to tackle the Holiday Gap of holiday hunger, inactivity, and isolation. StreetGames’ Fit and Fed sessions offer activity sessions and a nutritious meal each day for local children which should go some way to help the 73% of the UK’s poorest families who cannot always afford to feed their children during the school holidays, a gap which is estimated to affect three million children and young people across the UK.

I also wanted to bring your attention to the newest Club Natters podcast. As Safeguarding Adults week has just finished, make sure you go and check it out. The Club Natters hosts were joined in the studio by Nicola from the Ann Craft Trust, who explains more about Safeguarding Adults, how your club can get it right and Safeguarding Adults week (19th-25th November 2018).

The team and I have also chosen to include our popular online training session, providing top tips on how best to use Facebook, so I hope you enjoy it all.



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