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Some highlights on how best to grow community sport and physical activity…for the complete version, please join our Sports Enterprise Network

The sports club in 2030

The sports club in 2030 – what will our clubs, leisure centres and other places for community sport and physical activity look and feel like in ten years time?   Are you willing and able to embrace change in order to survive and prosper?​When we launched Sports...

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Community Sports Volunteering Summit 2020

With community sports reliant on the volunteer workforce, knowing how to effectively recruit, retain and manage volunteers is crucial to organisational and service resilience – particularly in the context of increasing financial, social and regulatory pressures.
So, why do many, if not all, community sports clubs report that they struggle to recruit and retain skilled and passionate volunteers? And at the same time it appears that very few clubs do have active programmes for volunteer leadership and management.
We also come across sports bodies who tend to almost over-burden their club volunteers with all sorts of admin, reporting and governance work – could we not be a bit more considerate when it comes to asking clubs and volunteers for stuff!

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Community Football Summit 2020

A myriad of community football providers and formats Community and grassroots football play a huge role in people’s lives, in sport and in our communities.  Whether played in a traditional club, a community setting, a small-sided facility or somewhere else...

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Volunteer recruitment and retention

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Too many clubs are relying on the same people to do too much and are therefore putting too much pressure on too few people. At the same time very few clubs make any concerted efforts to assess what skills they require and how to make themselves attractive to skilled and dedicated volunteers who can make a real difference. Hence, why the myth ‘you can’t get volunteers these days’ becomes the accepted truism.

Promoting your club/sport

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Successful clubs do engage and communicate with users, members and other stakeholders using a number of tools, often involving members and their networks, thus reaching much wider audiences at almost no cost. They embrace the changes and work with them and not against them.

Hub for the community

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Great sports providers work for and with their communities, and as a consequence, both parties benefit. They are in reality Hubs for their Communities. They link up their assets, skills and relationships with people, groups and institutions in their communities. They create Shared Value – a new kind of partnership, in which both the club and the community contribute directly to the strengthening and development of each other.

Innovation and enterprise

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We must listen, share and learn from best practice from community sport, physical activity, community engagement, hospitality, digital marketing and ethnic and faith bodies and beyond. And when we then adapt what we see to our own circumstances, use our own passion, determination and skills, then we all become at better what we do.