Your Club Matters Stories: David's Blog
The beginning of a new season is upon us, although it seems like it was only yesterday that I put my equipment away for the winter. It was a tough off-season with the loss of five of our players and our worst financial year to date - possibly due to the cost of our 30th year anniversary celebrations and our trip to the European qualifiers in Belgium last June! However, come December, it was quiet so I felt I had to do something to wake everyone up in preparation for the 2016 season and get our club development going to make sure 2016 is our best season yet!
So I decided to get things going with the help of Club Matters – and started by having a look round the website for some inspiration.
The first thing I checked out was the social media guidance around Facebook which gave me the idea to create some buzz before the new season started online! I used our Facebook page to create a forum for Club members to connect with one another and catch up before the season started. This proved really popular – we’re really keen Facebook users as a club and find it a great way to publicise ourselves and stay connected– we have over 700 likes!
After meeting the team, we got chatting and I heard about the latest release from Club Matters, which was applying for funding guidance. This was perfect for us as at the time I was in the process of applying for Sport England funding for high fencing to secure our field in Waltham Abbey. I found the guidance really useful – if this is something you think your club could do with a hand with, you can read my full review here.
Coming up this season, we’ve got fundraisers to organise, collection of players fees, the signing and registration of new players, pre-season games to organise, new uniforms and baseballs to order, transport to arrange for away games, financial matters to deal with, website and social media updates to sort out and final field maintenance to do. So it’s going to be a busy few weeks! I’m looking forward to seeing how Club Matters can support me with these things, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated in my next blog!