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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…

New: Club Improvement Tool

We've updated our Club Improvement Tool, which is designed to get you thinking about taking your club to the next level. It helps you create a personalised improvement plan by assessing your club's strengths and weaknesses. The tool has a new look and feel and it takes minutes to complete: answer a series of questions to create your plan, access our guidance to support you and discover helpful resources at the end.

Mytime Active celebrates active females across the nation

As more and more women and girls get active across the nation, Mytime Active joins the phenomenon. They have developed their "Bromley Us Girls" programme, which aims to increase female participation in sport for all young women and girls aged 14-25. Click here to find out more about their programme.
Get inspired: Check out their video to discover how your sessions can be designed to effectively engage and retain more women and girls in sport.

New animations bring volunteering to life

It is vital that the 5.6 million people who volunteer in sport and physical activity in England every month, receive the support they deserve.
From understanding your volunteers' motivations, through to helping them develop in their roles, take a look at our new animations to learn about new volunteering insights and practical tips to managing your club's volunteers.

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