Advice for Sports Clubs

The Sport, Art, Play Development Team work closely with the local County Sports Partnership to ensure that local clubs are easy to access through an in-depth club database and strong key contacts to get further information across the county.

Offering support and working closely with the clubs themselves is also important. We ask all clubs to get in contact with us and the Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Sports Partnership who wish to:

  • Further their promotion streams
  • Find funding opportunities for activities or events
  • Need equipment or coaches to support an activity

The County Sports Partnership lists information such as club location, contact details, and appropriate ages for activities for several hundred sport specific organisations and clubs across the county. If you know of a club that is currently not on the database please contact Sue Bentley on 01905 855 498 or click the ‘upload button' to add the clubs information to the database.

Help for Sports Clubs

The Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire can provide you with information to help towards the development of your club. They also organise several Club Development  Evening throughout the year which provide sports clubs with range of workshops, giving club representatives the opportunity to learn how to grow and develop their club in a sustainable manner.

Club Matters

Club Matters is a one stop shop of support which will provide support, learning and guidance on all aspects of running a club whether it is large, small or informal.

The new Club Matters initiative brings together Sport England's existing support for clubs; ClubMark, ClubLeaders and Help for Clubs to create a single, integrated, free support package for clubs. Club Matters can provide your sports club with; online support, workshops, mentoring, club improvement plans, club views and clubmark.

Sports Club accreditation

Is your club thinking about applying for accreditation from a national governing body (NGB) or Clubmark? Are you struggling to get to grips with the required documentation? This is a starting list of documents / qualifications required by most NGB's:

  • Constitution
  • Equity policy
  • Code of conduct for club officials
  • Code of conduct for parents
  • Dealing with accidents and incidents
  • Accident and incident report forms
  • Club register
  • Junior membership form
  • Risk assessment

Further information about Clubmark criteria 2013

You can download a resource pack and document templates from the Club Matters website using this link  Clubmark resource pack and templates.

For a list of recognised sports national governing bodies visit the Sport England website Sport England recognised sports.

How to become a Satellite Club

Sport England have put together a toolkit which is packed with ideas and free resources to help you run satellite sports clubs for young people in the community. Satellite clubs are extensions of community sports clubs and provide something different for that sporting community because they bring sport to young people in local venues as opposed to people coming to the club where they otherwise would not travel. The benefit of satellite clubs is that they may attract young people who are not typically very sporty.

Satellites are run by established sports clubs who bring their expertise and enthusiasm to local places where young people already meet. Together they create a satellite that offers sport in the way that these young people want to receive it.

Further information about satellite clubs and how to become one.

A stepping-stoneWhat young people want from satellite clubs

This young person views the satellite as a stepping-stone between taking part in school sport and joining a sports club. Their aim is to move from school sport to the satellite and then into the main club.

As a club, placing this young person in a satellite would benefit you if:

  • Your club has no capacity to take on new members or has no junior section
  • The young person does not yet meet the playing standards required by your club
  • The young person is unsure if they want to commit to a full club membership

Sport England Club Leaders

Sport England have set up an organisation especially to help and advise sports clubs. Their website is full of useful information and resources to help all different types of sports clubs. They provide advice on many different topics including:

  • DBS
  • Insurance
  • Progression of the Club
  • Marketing
  • Facilities
  • Business and Financial Planning
  • And much, much more...



Any Queries?

If you need more assistance about any of the issues listed above or something that may be affecting your club please do not hesitate to get in touch: 01905 721164 or

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