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Club Matters 2016 Highlights

Club Matters Workshops

Club Matters workshops are short training sessions, funded by Sport England and delivered across the country by Club Matters facilitators in a range of specific topics. The sessions will develop your skills, improve your knowledge and ultimately help you develop your club. They are for groups of at least 4 clubs and build upon the content of the online resources, but also include case studies, topical issues, exercises and a discussion section.


The workshops typically last approximately 2 hours and like all Club Matters support, workshops are open to anyone involved with a community sports club. The topics covered will mostly be relevant to those who have responsibility for, or involvement in running their club, either now or in the future. We encourage more than one person from a club to attend so that knowledge and business skills can be shared within their club.

Current topics include:

  • Club Finances
  • Club Structures
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Business Planning
  • Tax Requirements for your Club People

Visit their workshop schedule here.

Club Matters support for your club

The Club Matters website brings together all of the previous support for clubs: Club Leaders, Help for Clubs and the Clubmark website. So those involved in running a club, it's time to breathe a sigh of relief.

Club Matters provides all of the following:

  • Online Support – All the help and guidance you need, in all areas of club development from budgets to marketing. There will be a range of support available including online toolkits, quick reference guides and e-learning modules.
  • Workshops – Club Matters workshops are free, short training sessions given by experts across the country. The sessions will develop your skills, improve your knowledge and ultimately help you develop your club.
  • Mentoring – Whether you want long-term support, or just a short call to sound out your ideas, Club Matters mentors can help. The flexible mentoring scheme will offer more personal support to you and your club through online, group and one-to-one mentoring at a time and place to suit you.
  • Club Improvement Plan – An online health check for clubs of all sizes and at all stages of their development, to establish where they are performing well and where they can develop. This will provide your club with a tailored development plan, identifying recommended actions and priority areas.
  • Club Views – A club review tool allowing you to ask your members and volunteers what they think about your club and make suggestions on areas for improvement.
  • Clubmark – The universally acknowledged cross-sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs.

In short, Club Matters is a convenient and flexible tool designed to fit around you, with practical guidance to help your club attract and retain members, to improve and develop your skills and build a club that lasts.

We've created a new cash flow demo

We appreciate that managing the day-to-day finances can often seem a daunting or tedious task for your Clubs, however whether they are just starting out or have been running for decades, managing cash flow is essential to ensuring they remain sustainable. Our new cash flow demo here provides an overview of what cash flow is and why it is so important for your Clubs.

Club Matters Update

Club Matters is Sport England's one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient and practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club. Click here to register for Club Matters so you too can benefit from the free resources available.

Here is an update on some of the ways your club can benefit from Club Matters…

Enhancing your club experience for young people

Young people are keen to develop their identities. They want positive experiences that are social, collaborative, rewarding and personalised. Club Matters' new guidance provides an insight into youth personalities, which will help sports clubs create the best possible experience for them. The Club Matters support also shows clubs how to engage with young people in a way that's right for them. Click here to start exploring the new material.

Clean sports guidance for clubs

Club Matters has teamed up with UK Anti-Doping to bring guidance to sports clubs and promote clean sport. In this new section of the Club Matters website, clubs can find out what doping can involve, download resources illustrating a best-practice approach to anti-doping and access links to further support.
Click here to access the new Anti-Doping Guidance and support your members today.

Be part of the biggest celebration of sport across the continent

23rd to 30th September is European Week of Sport. This is a fantastic opportunity for clubs across the continent to come together and celebrate sport and physical activity. Find out how to get involved and raise the profile of your club and sport by clicking here.

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