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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

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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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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

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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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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.

Club People

Talent

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Supporting Young Talented Participants in your Club

Clubs can help their young talented participants develop by:

  • Creating an environment that maximises the potential of all young participants
  • Supporting talented athletes on a National Governing Body (NGB) Talent Pathway

This will enable talented participants to develop to their potential whilst maintaining enjoyment participating in the club environment. Furthermore, these talented participants can act as positive advocates for the club, for example helping out with coaching and/or providing advice to younger club members.

An overview of Talent Pathways

  • Developing and sustaining effective Talent Pathways where exceptional participants can learn, progress and flourish is an exciting, yet challenging task. Successful Talent Pathways will allow you and your club to work towards a shared vision of supporting and developing talented individuals in grassroots Sport. Some will become world class performers, however for the majority who do not, through being supported in their development they will develop a competence and enjoyment in the sport that they can continue into later life.
  • Talent Pathways are sport specific systems developed by a sport’s NGB. They aim to help junior players realise their potential; and in doing so to identify and develop high quality participants who are committed to clean sport. Drop-out rates are high precisely because the talent environment can be tough, especially on young people with lots of other pressures and interests, including their education. The onus is on those managing the pathway, while identifying and nurturing the best, to make the experience positive and rewarding for all. Many young people start developing as talented participants within the club environment and many stay participating within their club whilst being part of their NGB Talent Pathway.

What will NGB support for talented participants on the Talent Pathway look like?

    As participants progress in their Talent Pathway, the level of support received by NGB’s will increase. This may take the form of:

  • High quality additional training and coaching. Sports Coach UK shares further insights on this
  • More opportunities to compete at all levels
  • Education on factors that improve performance such as lifestyle, mental and nutritional health

Understanding the different types of Talent Pathways

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NGB Talent Pathway examples

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How do Talent Pathways relate to Clubmark accreditation criteria?

Clubmark (Sport England’s nationwide accreditation scheme) criteria states “Where appropriate in partnership with the NGB, the Club offers development pathways for all talented participants”.
Development pathway evidence requirements:

  • Example(s) / evidence of an NGB supported development pathway(s)
  • The Club evidences how they recognise and provide support to individuals who show potential or who want to develop
  • Evidence of communication with parent(s) / carers where appropriate

Spotlight on...Table Tennis England

Watch this video on the pivotal role of talent pathways and follow the journey of young participants at Table Tennis England's talent development centres. How can you support participants on a talent pathway within your sport's NGB?

How can your club maximise the potential of young participants?

Watch this interactive guidance video on how you and your sports club can create an environment that maximises the potential of all young participants and support talented participants on an NGB talent pathway: