What are Satellite clubs?
Satellites are extensions of community sports clubs which can offer a different sporting experience for young people. Different because they bring sport out to young people in very local venues and different also because 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.
Who are Satellite clubs for?
Satellites are designed to attract a new audience to sports clubs. They are aimed at 14 to 25 year olds; the age range when many young people drop out of sport. They are not primarily aimed at the very sporty types, who are probably in your clubs already. Nor are they aimed at those who are very inactive and reluctant to take part. The audience for satellites is the large group of young people in the middle (estimated to be around 50% of young people).
How do Satellite clubs work?
- An established sports club sets up an extension of its club in a local area – we call this a satellite.
- The club works with local organisations such as community groups and schools to identify what local young people want – we call this the local partnership.
- Together, the partnership finds a venue. Ideally this is a place where young people already meet, for example a youth club or school.
- The partnership promotes the satellite to local young people.
- The club provides a coach and any equipment needed so that they can run this satellite from that venue one day a week.
For more information contact Suffolk Sport's Children & Young People Officer James Payne below.