Club Matters

Club Matters

What is Club Matters?
Club Matters is a One Stop Shop of support for sports clubs, which will provide you with support, learning and guidance on all aspects of running a club whether it is 'large, small, formal or informal'.


NEW! Guidance for clubs to welcome women & girls
To support the return of Sport England's This Girl Can campaign, Club Matters have created guidance specifically for sports clubs to help them think about how best to welcome women & girls.  The new interactive guide explores the motivations behind women doing sport, outlines potential barriers which may stop them from becoming regular club members and gives practical tips that clubs can follow to overcome these. To view the new guide click here!


Improve your club with...

Online Support - Club Matters will offer you help and guidance in all areas of club development from finances to marketing your club! There will be a range of support available including online toolkits and e-learning modules.
They have also produced 4 quick reference guides to help you get started - Finance, Management, Marketing & People.

Workshops - Club Matters workshops are free, short training sessions delivered across the country by experts in a range of specific areas. The sessions will develop your skills, improve your knowledge and ultimately help you develop your club. Sessions are specifically for sports clubs and will give you the opportunity to learn from other peoples' experiences, working smart together!
Take a look at the brochure below and contact with what topic you would like training on.

Mentoring - Whether you want long term support, or just a short call to sound out your ideas, our Club Matters mentors can help. Our 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. You can choose from our pre-written questions or create your own bespoke review.

Clubmark - The universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs.

Benefits of Club Matters

  • Convenient and flexible to fit around you
  • Attract and retain members
  • Free of charge
  • Practical Tips & Guidance
  • Understand your club and members
  • Improve and develop your skills
  • Build a sustainable club

Find out more and visit the CLUB MATTERS website!


Club Support Evenings
Come to one of our club support evenings and speak to our experienced officers about how they can support you.

These sessions are free but you will need to register your interest to book a slot and the support you require.

For information on future evenings, please click here to go to our courses page

Sustainable Clubs
A typical sports club spends around 30% of its running costs on energy!

A website,  has been developed on behalf of Sport England and the Pitch Sports Group.  It provides guidance to help community sports clubs use environmental sustainability to reduce their running costs. It contains a range of advice from understanding how much energy a club uses through to identifying, prioritising and funding sustainability projects


The Sports Club Survey
The Sport and Recreation Alliance have carried out The Sports Club Survey 2013 which is the largest ever survey of sports clubs in the UK.

Nearly 3,000 sports clubs across more than 100 different sports took part to give us a full look at the health of the UK's grassroots community clubs.

As in previous Sports Club Surveys, the data has been weighted to represent the estimated 151,000 sports clubs thought to be in existence across the UK.

Click here for key findings and to download the full survey to help develop your club. 

We're here to help your club grow and these pages offer information relating to various aspects of club development, including:

How to start a new club

Templates for club administration

Information on ClubMark

Funding advice & support

Recognition for your club

Details of forthcoming training courses

If you have any questions about how you can develop your club, please contact Natasha Howard on 01872 323347 / 07966 892284 /

Watch the Club Matters Website Demo HERE!