What we do
Sports Marketing Network (SMN) is a unique organisation where physical activity and community sports providers can share best practice on how to become vibrant, visible and viable and develop innovative and enterprising enterprises.
We have been described as positive disruptors and we have worked with a wide range of sport, physical activity and community organisations helping them to adapt, change and become better equipped to the changing landscape.
More than 4000 community sports providers from across the have participated in one of our Grow Your Club workshops, benefitted from 1:2:1 consultancy and mentoring, attended one of our conferences, participated in one of our webinars or read one of our Guides, so we have developed an unparalleled knowledge and understanding of the opportunities and challenges for the enterprise and innovation aspects of community sport and physical activity.
Thousands of people involved with community sport and physical activity across the UK and Scandinavia have participated in one of our ‘hot topics’ conferences covering issues such as Innovation and Enterprise in Community Sport, More Disabled People into Sport, More Girls into Sport, Britain’s Active Parks and A Healthier Nation through Sport and Physical Activity, to name a few….we are now planning for our Community Football Summit 2020 on 18th June and Sports Volunteering Summit 2020 on 7th July 2020.
Our Grow Your Club workshops for volunteers and Business Savvy Sports Development and The Enterprising Coach workshops for sports professionals have been attended by 4,000 volunteers and professionals across England, Wales, Ireland, Denmark and Scotland.
SMN’s suite of conferences is renowned for being highly topical and focused on sharing best practice. They enable delegates to learn and exchange ideas on how they can develop and improve the way they run community sport and physical activity.
The first six guides are focusing on Grow Your Club Packed with inspiring case-stories and easy-to-use templates and tools readers will have access to best practice from across community sport on how to develop more vibrant, visible and viable clubs, attract more people to your clubs, generate more income and welcome more volunteers.
Every month members of Grow Sport + will have the opportunity of attending webinar, a live meeting taking place over the web. Each webinar will focus on hot topics within community sport and physical activity and how to find innovative and enterprising solutions.
Projects and Partnerships
SMN partner with a wide range of major sports, community and leisure organisations across the UK and Scandinavia. Partnership projects include conferences, study tours, training and support and inspiration. Each partner is different and each project is different and we adapt and develop bespoke services.
It’s football, but not as we know it How three community football enterprises from Denmark are demonstrating the power of ‘bottom-up’ initiativesGetting females from multi-ethnic communities to play footballNagin Gavan is an Afghan refugee whose parents moved to...
The performance culture in too many sports clubs is counterproductiveThere are too many coaches and parents who perceive that success is all about their 10-year olds winning that league or tournament and that attitude is killing the interest in sport for many kids....
A hybrid model could be the way forward to get more people active A free webinar at 10 am (BST) on Wednesday 21st October It’s time for a rethink and re-set for providers of community sport and physical activity The coronavirus has had a profound impact on the way...