Club development means different things to different clubs and encompasses a wide-range of areas, from coach education to fundraising, and recruitment to facility development. The broadest interpretation would be that it is all about clubs improving what they offer to their members and being the best that they want to be. What this actually entails, and at what speed this occurs will be slightly different for every club though.
However, how does a club know what could and should be developed?
Some broad parameters within which to work would be helpful. Progress to this end has been made with much of the work around Club Development now beginning to concentrate on areas being promoted through the clubmark club accreditation scheme and linked accreditation schemes marketed by the National Governing bodies of Sport such as the RFU, EHL, AENA and EBBA. These key areas are:
Not only do these schemes provide a framework for clubs to develop around, but they also provide deserved recognition of the quality opportunities made available by local sports clubs.
National governing bodies have now introduced their own club accreditation schemes, which provide community clubs with a clear standard they are required to meet in order to achieve accreditation. These include:
The Club Accreditation scheme provides a set of standard criteria, which allows clubs to evaluate where they are and helps clubs develop not only their infrastructure but also other areas such as volunteering, membership and recruitment.
For details on your specific sport and there club accreditation scheme click to visit www.activesussex.org
Through the club accreditation scheme there are a number of generic templates that you can use, adopt or have a look at to help you develop your own. Your National Governing Body might be able to supply you with a sport specific template, but for generic templates that are available through the Sussex Sports Partnership click to visit www.activesussex.org
For funding that maybe available for club development and further information, click to visit www.activesussex.org
To access information regarding training opportunities for coaches, club administrators and volunteer workshops visit our coaches’ page.
Do not feel isolated in achieving these standards when you consider developing your club, as there is a network of professional officers from Governing Bodies of sport, Local Authorities and Active Sports for you to access. They can support your development, guide and advise you, and provide you with useful information and opportunities to complete training and documentation.
For contact details of Sussex Sport Partnerships, Sport Specific, and local authority Sports Development Officers visit www.activesussex.org
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