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.

Spirit of Sport


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Clubs play a vital role in developing, nurturing and reinforcing a culture of clean sport at every level

You may be familiar with the headlines about elite athletes who have been banned from sport or stripped of their titles after being caught doping. This is not just the use of banned substances or returning a positive test but breaking any of the anti-doping rules that apply in sport. What you may not realise is that doping and abiding by the other anti-doping rules isn’t just an issue among elite athletes - it affects sports at all levels and is on the rise in amateur sport.

All sports clubs who are affiliated to a National Governing Body (NGB), and where that NGB is subject to the National Anti-Doping Policy, are bound by anti-doping rules. This means that as a club, you have a duty to uphold and protect the spirit of sport and support your members in understanding their rights and responsibilities in regards to anti-doping.

Why clean sport matters

Doping can unfairly manipulate competition, results and ultimately undermines the inherent values of sport.

What can doping involve?

You probably understand that doping is when athletes, players or participants take banned substances which might enhance their performance, pose a risk to their health. However, doping is much wider than this and is defined as ‘breaking any one of the 10 anti-doping rules’. These rules include things such as trafficking of banned substances, possession, use or even associating with people who have previously been found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation.

Doping can be deliberate or inadvertent, which means accidental - for example if a player did not realise the medication or supplements they are taking contain banned substances. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is responsible for protecting clean sport in the UK and works with National Governing Bodies of sport to educate, deter and detect doping. Deliberate or otherwise, doping is a serious offence and sports people and support personnel such as coaches can be prosecuted and banned from sport if they break the rules.

Not only does doping unfairly manipulate competition results, but it can also represent a huge health risk to those who take banned substances that are potentially harmful or contain unknown ingredients. Promoting clean sport protects your members’ health and your club’s reputation; which will help you attract the right kind of members and deliver a positive club experience. There is no room in sport for doping behaviour at any level.

What does being bound by the anti-doping rules mean?

Put simply, if you are affiliated to an NGB that is subject to the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy, the following applies to your club:

  • All members and participants should conduct themselves in line with the spirit of sport and anti-doping rules
  • Any member or participant could be prosecuted for any of the ten anti-doping rule violations
  • Any member, participant or coach who could be described as Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) could be prosecuted for six of the ten anti-doping rule violations
  • Any member or participant could be tested at any time, in any place
  • Deliberate doping, even for a first-time offence, can result in a four-year ban from all sport
  • The anti-doping rules have limited sympathy for carelessness - this means that inadvertent doping, even a first-time offence, can result in a two-year ban from sport
  • Everyone involved in sport has a duty to protect it – any suspicions of doping behaviour should be shared with your sport, UKAD or reported anonymously through report doping in sport hotline

How can you educate your club and support your members?

We have teamed up with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) to bring you resources to help you run a safe, clean club and support your members and participants at all levels. The documents below are available for you to download:

In the external links and download sections at the bottom of this page you will find further tools and resources, including links to free online courses, a Clean Sport App and much more.

What should you do if you have concerns?

  • If you are unsure about supplements that you, a friend, fellow club member or relative are currently taking, you can access more guidance on UKAD’s Supplements section.
  • If you are unsure about medication that you, a friend, fellow club member or relative are currently taking, you can check whether it’s banned by using a medication checker, called Global DRO.
  • If you suspect doping is taking place, you can report doping anonymously over the phone or online.
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