Get help to find what you need

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.


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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

Club Management



The Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) scheme provides a number of charity-type tax reliefs to support local sports clubs.


The CASC scheme can offer important financial benefits to clubs including significantly reducing business rates charges and allowing clubs to generate additional income through Gift Aid.

On 1 April 2015, significant changes were introduced to the scheme. The Government introduced the new rules to encourage more clubs to sign up, enabling them to generate more tax-free income and to make the rules easier to understand for existing CASCs.

Qualifying Conditions

The key benefits of being a CASC include: 

  • mandatory 80% relief from business rates
  • the ability to generate income through the gift aid scheme
  • exemptions from corporation tax

CASC clubs need to meet certain conditions including: 

  • being open to the whole community
  • setting limits on the costs for members
  • being organised on an amateur basis
  • requirements on participation and income generation

Considering applying for CASC status?

If your club already is a Community Amateur Sports Club, or you are interested in becoming one, you'll need to make sure your club fits the requirements outlined by HMRC. To help you navigate this complex topic, we have developed CASC Guidance, which is split into three, interactive, digestible sections. To access this, click the button at the bottom of the page. You will first need to register and log-in to Club Matters.

Considering CASC

If you are considering joining the CASC scheme it is recommended that you:

  • Review the detailed guidance on the Club Matters website, using the button at the top of the page
  • Discuss this within your club and get agreement to move forward
  • Ensure your club is structured appropriately and has the appropriate governance arrangements
  • Seek professional advice and support from your governing body where appropriate

If your club then wishes to proceed, to register your club as a CASC visit GOV UK.

CASC Guidance

If your club wants to find out more or needs help to understand and navigate the new rules, Sport England have worked with HMRC to provide interactive support on the new CASC rules.  The material is broken down into three sections:

  •  An overview and things to think about -  Provides a brief overview of CASC and the key eligibility criteria and benefits. It explores a number of areas clubs should consider before they apply.
  •  Is your club eligible? - This goes step by step through the eligibility criteria to help clubs fully understand whether they will be able to meet the rules now and in the future.
  •  Using a trading subsidiary -  Introduces the concept of setting up a trading subsidiary to help larger clubs (in particular those with significant trading activities) to meet certain criteria around generating income and social membership.

The material is designed to be easy to digest and contain definitions, examples, take away actions and documents to download. The template documents have been reviewed by HMRC who believe they fulfil the requirements under the new CASC regulations.

Click on the button below to access the CASC support and guidance. Please note, you will need to have registered and logged-in to the Club Matters site to access the materials.

Access CASC guidance


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