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Satellite Clubs

What are Satellite clubs?

A Sport England funding pot designed to increase the number of in active(less than 30 minutes per week) and fairly active (less than 150 minutes per week) young people participating in sport and physical activity. Satellite clubs should be designed to help keep young people engaged between school, college and other significant life changes that may stop a young person participating in sport and physical activity. They provide opportunities to take part regularly in sport and activity through the creation of enjoyable, appealing and convenient opportunities for young people that are based around their needs. Satellite clubs have helped thousands of young people get active and are part of Sport England Strategy 'Towards an Active Nation'.

What are the objectives of Satellite Clubs?

Provide positive experiences – ensure young people have a positive attitude to sport and physical activity

Behaviour change – create regular exercise habits among young people

Address inequalities – providing opportunities for underrepresented groups to participate in sport and physical activity.

Who are Satellite clubs for?

Satellite clubs are aimed at 14 to 19 year olds who are participating in less than 150 minutes of activity a week. They are not for sporty individuals who may already be in clubs and participating in regular sport and physical activity.

We aim to target the below groups:

BME and English as an additional language

Lower Socio-economic Groups


Mental wellbeing – individuals that might be suffering from one or more of a mental health condition.

NEETs and at risk of offending – individuals who are not in education or employment. At risk of offending would include social background factors such as poor education, low socioeconomic status, location, prior offences/background, poor employment within family.

Disability and Special Educational Needs

We are not expecting all of these target groups to be covered within your Satellite Club. Ideally the group will fall in to one of the above areas with possible cross over to other groups.

What sport or physical activity is the funding for?

The funding is for all sports and physical activities. However, this activity must be chosen by the young people you wish to work with. Young people must be able to provide their input as to what the Satellite clubs looks like. The Satellite Club should offer sport in a way that young people want to receive it.

What does the funding pay for?

The funding would allow you purchase equipment, advertise the satellite club, upskill volunteers/staff, facility hire and allow you to bring in coaching/leading for a 2 year period.

How often does a Satellite club run?

The frequency of the Satellite Club is dependent on what the young people would like. However, we encourage the satellite club to run weekly or every 2 weeks to have an impact on young people activity levels.

What is expected of me?

Insight - The club/group must demonstrate a need for the chosen activity. You must have an understanding of what's important to the young people, needs, barriers and motivations.

Decide how best to work with your target audience in order to gather and evidence the information, this might be through surveys or focus groups.

Sustainability – The club must consider how to become sustainable following the completion of the funded period.

Monitoring and Evaluation – The club is expected to support Suffolk Sport with any data that needs to be collected. This will include collecting participant numbers and supporting the undertaking of participant surveys on a quarterly basis.

How do I access the funding?

If you are interested in the funding, please email Lea Denley (contact details below) with a brief summary of the proposed satellite club. We will then arrange a meeting with you to discuss the funding opportunity further.

What won’t the funding pay for?

Activity that is already running.

Creation of another sporting session for example, a group attend a hockey session once a week want to do two hockey sessions a week.

Actvity for young people outside of 14-19 years old.

Activity for young people who already do more than 150 minutes of physical activity a week.

Lea Denley

Lea Denley

Project Officer (Community Sport & Physical Activity)

Suffolk Sport

C/O East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1RT
01394 444311
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